IDC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Seychelles Meteorological Authority for the installation of automatic weather stations on eight islands.
This agreement was signed by the Chief Executive of IDC, Glenny Savy, and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Meteorological Authority, Vincent Amelie during a ceremony to mark IDC’s 38th anniversary.
Under the agreement, IDC will finance the installation of weather stations on Alphonse, Assomption, Astove, Coëtivy, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Providence, and Silhouette.
Mr. Savy described the signature as another milestone for IDC since the setting up of the weather stations will result in better data collection for weather forecasting and will provide IDC with accurate information for its flights.
On his part, Mr. Amelie explained that the weather stations, especially those that will be installed on the outer islands, will be important for recording and collecting data about the climate of the southern islands.
“All the information we have recorded over the years have always been collected on Mahé and the inner islands. This has made it difficult to make weather predictions for the outer islands”.
The weather stations are expected to cost approximately R250,000 and the first station will be set up on Farquhar in one month’s time.
Another highlight of the celebrations was the official launch of the second edition of the ‘Outer Islands of Seychelles - Zil Elwannye Sesel’ book, authored by Adrian Skerrett.
It is an updated version of the first edition with supplementary maps, diagrams, stories and interviews added on to its original content.
Also launched was IDC’s revamped website which has been designed by Malinda Skerrett in such a way as to offer a better browsing experience for users.
The newly restored iconic plantation house originally built by the French Dauban family in the 1860s, reopened after some six months’ restoration works.
Together with the reopening of the Grann Kaz was also that of a new history museum set up in the living room of the old house.
An initiative of Richard Touboul, cultural attaché of the department of culture, the museum showcases a number of rare artefacts and documents retracing the history of Seychelles and that of Silhouette. Other than the history museum on the ground floor, on the upper floor, which used to be the sleeping quarters, there is now an exhibition showcasing the Dauban family through a collection of photographs, short write-ups and artefacts.
Renovation work on the house has been carried out by Islands Development Company.
The Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Mitcy Larue officially cut the ribbon in the presence of the Minister responsible for tourism Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the General Manager of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Andre Borg.
“I am happy that we have managed to repair the damages to the house caused by the extreme climate on the island by retaining its original walls and floors” commented Mr. Borg.
He explains that the kitchen on the ground floor has also been restored to continue providing the Grann Kaz restaurant with authentic Creole cuisine.
“The Grann Kaz and its restaurant and now museum is open to the Seychellois public and the management is currently working on a concept and package to make it more accessible to the locals to come and enjoy for instance Sunday lunches and visit the museum and the island as a whole” he concluded.
IDC attaches great of importance to cultural heritage on the islands and the Silhouette Grann Kaz is a great source of pride.