The first plane has landed on part of the new concrete runway being built on Platte Island. On Friday 26th May, 2017, IDC’s Y12-009, carrying members of the National Assembly’s Select Committee on Islands, arrived on Platte from Coetivy as part of the committee’s fact finding mission on different islands. To date, concrete laying work has been completed on almost half of the 1020m runway - before that Platte Island had a grass runway, but with the construction of Platte Hotel, this had to be upgraded. Concrete laying work on the runway is being done by IDC and is expected to be complete by the 15th August. The construction of the 50-60 room hotel on Platte Island is expected to start at the beginning of next year.
Glenny Savy was interviewed by Raj Meetarbhan (Editor-in-Chief of Today in Seychelles), an interview which is now available to read on our website...
Joint Press Release From The National Assembly Of Seychelles & The Islands Development Company following the select committee’s visit to Farquhar.
The Select Committee of the National Assembly with special mandate to look into the issues of islands has held its first visit to the islands. On Saturday members of the committee visited Farquhar, the southernmost island in the Seychelles archipelago. Members of the Select Committee who went on the working visit were Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Charles de Commarmond, Hon. Bernard Georges. Hon. Sebastien Pillay, Hon. Clifford Andre and Hon. Chantal Ghislain. The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Nicholas Prea, and LDS Chief whip, Hon. Ahmed Afif. They were also accompanied by consultants for the two leaders, Mrs. Irine Fonseka and Mr. Jerry Morin. The visit was facilitated by the Islands Development Company. The IDC delegation comprised of its Chairman, Mr. Patrick Berlouis, CEO, Mr. Glenny Savy, and board member Mr. Patrick Lablache.
As part of the visit, members of the committee saw the extent of the damage caused by the 350km/h cyclone Fantala, which devastated the island in April last year. Some who had been to Farquhar before were shocked to see the extent the disaster caused to the environment and infrastructure. IDC showed members of the Select Committee the work being done on all buildings on Farquhar to make them cyclone proof. These include staff accommodation, guest house, the generator and desalination pants. Members of the Select Committee also saw the extent of damage to the environment, as well as work that has been done so far to clear the fallen trees in preparation for replanting to start. They also saw damage to the radar facility on Farquhar. IDC also took members of the Select Committee by boat to Goelette and Ile du Sud for them to experience firsthand the importance to have some islands and areas declared as protect areas. These two islands are important bird breeding and roosting areas. At the end of the visit members of the Select Committee expressed satisfaction with the way things went: “The visit shows that the decision to set up the committee was a good one. It gives us, as members of the Select Committee another perspective of the islands. I just wished that in the past Seychellois were made aware of what was happenings on the islands.” said the Chairman of the Select Committee, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan. “The islands should be accessible to Seychellois for leisure and investment. They must be preserved for future generations, while we also exploit them in order to create greater wealth for our population” he concluded.
In its latest newsletter, Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) has announced "After this lengthy eradication mission and innumerable unexpected complications along the way, it is with enormous relief, and sincere gratitude to our partners, the Islands Development Company and Island Conservation Society, our funders, the European Union, that we are able to announce the successful eradication of both red-whiskered bulbuls and Madagascar fodies from the island of Assumption.
These species were introduced to Assumption in 1977 by Mauritian lessees of the island. They have been identified by scientists as a threat to the endemic birds of neighbouriing Aldabra, which is managed by SIF. Aldabra has no introduced bird species.
It is believed that this is the first successful eradication of these alien species anywhere in the world.
For a full copy of the SIF newsletter click here.
The Select Committee of the National Assembly with a special mandate to look at island issues has visited Farquhar. Present on the trip were committee members Wavel Ramkalawan Chairman of the Committee), Bernard Georges, Sabastien Pillay, Charles de Commarmond, Clifford Andre and Chantal Ghislain together with Deputy Speaker Nicholas Prea and LDS Chief Whip Ahmed Afif and consultants Irine Fonseka and Jerry Morin. IDC were represented by Chairman Patrick Berlouis, CEO Glenny Savy and board member Patrick Lablache.
The delegation were able to see at first hand the extent of damage to the environment and infrastructure at Farquhar following Cyclone Fantala. They were also able to inspect the repair work undertaken since the damage was caused including provision to make buildings as cyclone proof as possible.
For full story and more pictures from Seychelles Nation click here.
Michael Payet, Public Relations & Communications Manager at IDC has handed over to English River Secondary School a donation on behalf of the company, comprising furniture and a shelter facility for the school.The donation was received for the school by Head Teacher Marie-Claude Morel in a small ceremony at the school on 21 February.
The different items donated include a semi-permeable shelter to protect against the sun called ‘La Salle Verte’, four sets of benches and tables made by Green Island Construction Company. The items are environment friendly and will benefit the children throughout their school sessions, providing them with better comfort.
“IDC is engaged in a lot of projects to serve the community" said Michael Payet. "This project at the English River secondary school started last year when we donated chairs and tables, and renovated the S block along with electrical works. We hope that the students will use those new items wisely. IDC will continue to provide necessary support for as long as it is able to do so.”
Head teacher Morel thanked IDC for the generous donation, saying "“We want to thank IDC for such kind donation. The ‘La Salle Verte’ will enable the students, teachers and parents and other invitees to assemble to perform social and educational activities. It also creates space for exhibitions on theme days such as World Environment Day, World Food Day and Bio-diversity Day, etc.. The school has now enough benches and students won’t have to sit on the concrete floor during lunch.”
IDC has further projects planned for other schools, including Perseverance and Grand Anse.
For the full story published in Seychelles Nation click here.
IDC CEO Glenny Savy has announced that construction of a luxury hotel on Platte Island will commence in 2018. Feasibility study and environmental impact assessments have been done, and the project is expected to start once the planning authority gives its approval. The new hotel will have 50 to 60 rooms at a cost of around $70 to $75 million. The project will be carried out by a member of the Four Seasons hotel group with 80% of shares, with IDC holding the remaining 20%. The airstrip will be resurfaced as a part of the project. The land will be leased to the developer for 60 years and, at the end of that period, all infrastructure will revert to IDC.
“For those 60 years, they will pay rental for the leased land. We will sell them our services, such as flights and boat transport to carry fuel, equipment and merchandise to the island for which we get paid,” Mr Savy said.
Renovation work at Kingsgate House was completed in late 2016 and work now moves to the front of the building facing Independence Avenue in the centre of Victoria. Work is being carried out by Green Island Construction Company, a subsidiary of IDC. The entire building is receiving a facelift with aluminium cladding on all sides, new doors and windows throughout and retiling of the corridors.
In an article published in Seychelles Nation today, IDC CEO Glenny Savy comments on economic activities taking place at Astove, which has been opened up especially for fly fishing. Mr Savy remarked that Astove today boasts an increasingly popular fly fishing tourism with enthusiasts travelling from various parts of the world, including South Africa, Russia and USA.
"It is a very popular activity and enthusiasts are willing to pay a lot of money to be able to indulge in their favourite sport,” Mr Savy said.“It is another kind of tourism and this activity is not detrimental to the environment as the tourists are well-guided in this activity to ensure protection of the environment.”
IDC benefits from foreign exchange through guest house facilities rented out on Astove, plane charter and other services provided. Mr Savy noted that prior to that Astove was being used for all sorts of illegal activities and its wildlife poached.
Several rare avian visitors to Seychelles have been reported from Alphonse by Island Conservation Society staff in December including Amur Falcon Falco amurensis, Western Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus and Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus.
The Amur Falcon, pictured above, breeds in north eastern Asia and migrates south through India before crossing the Indian Ocean to winter in Africa. This individual was located at the IDC village by Chris Narty on 18 December and was also seen by Pep Nogués and Ari Fernadez. Chris, Pep and Ari are ICS staff based on the island running conservation programmes supported by IDC.