December 2016 saw the third annual Gorongosa Gala, which was attended by more than 300 guests, among them the Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Silva Dunduro, as well as diplomatic representatives from various countries and many businessmen and Managers of Mozambican and International companies. It was an outstanding success!
The “Real Jazz Project” band performs before the Gala
Ermelinda Maquenze (Provincial Director of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Sofala), Manual Jamaca (Administrator of the District of Gorongosa), Manuel Mutimucuio (GNP) and his wife.
Dean Pittman (US Ambassador) and Greg Carr (GNP)
Akil Nasser and son, Mario do Rosário, Maria Amélia Paiva (Ambassador of Portugal) and her husband.
Bartolomeu Soto (ANAC), Celso Correia (Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development) and Fernando Lima (Savana)
Pedro Muagura (GNP) and Gorongosa National Park rangers pose for the photo with guests from Maputo and Sofala.
Mia Couto and Mateus Mutemba (GNP).
Some of the young women who assisted at the Gala
José Cardoso (Entreposto Group) spoke on behalf of the members of the Gorongosa Business Club.
António Correia (President of the Executive Committee of Banco Único) spoke about “Unique Gorongosa” an innovative initiative that will greatly help Gorongosa National Park.
Miguel Chaves (a previous honoree) spoke about the life and work of philanthropist Rizwan Adatia, who was honoured at this years Gala.
Miguel Chaves (Best Friend of Gorongosa 2015) hands the Gorongosa 2016 Best Friend Award to philanthropist Rizwan Adatia.
Beca Jofrisse (GNP), Rizwan Adatia (Best Friend of Gorongosa 2016), Greg Carr (GNP), Celso Correia (Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development) e Mateus Mutemba (GNP)
Celso Correia (Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development) presents the Gorongosa 2016 Best Ranger Award to Santinho Fureque
Iolanda Cintura (Governor of the City of Maputo) presents the Gorongosa 2016 Best Employee Award to Leonel Martins.
Standing is front is Leonel Martins, after being awarded “Best Employee to Gorongosa” for 2016 Behind him from left to right is Beca Jofrisse (GNP), Rizwan Adatia (Best Friend of Gorongosa 2016), Iolanda Cintura (Governor of Maputo), Greg Carr (GNP), Celso Correia (Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development), Santinho Fureque (Gorongosa 2016 Best Ranger) and Mateus Mutemba (GNP).
The philanthropist Rizwan Adatia (Best Friend of Gorongosa 2016).
Orchestra Xiquitsi, brilliantly directed by Kika Materula.
Fascinating moment of contemporary ballet with Osvaldo and Rosa - Group of Song and Dance Milorho.
Time for the winner of the draw. A weekend at Gorongosa!
End of the performance of Kika Materula and the Xiquitsi Orchestra.
Bartolomeu Soto, Director General of ANAC, made the closing remarks.
Greg Carr and Mateus Mutemba exchange greetings after another wonderful Gorongosa Gala. It was a fantastic occasion, and greatly enjoyed by all the attendeed. Seated at the table is current Minister of Culture and Tourism, Silva Dunduro and the former Minister of Tourism, Fernando Sumbana.