The relay station site was situated on land formerly used by farmers of long tradition right up until the site was allocated to the BBC in the mid-1980s, and the flat area is likely to see a return to that tradition.Currently, the immediate surrounds of the site consists of a national pig genetic centre, a newly-constructed soil diagnostic laboratory, the national agricultural inputs bulk store, office buildings belonging to the Ministry of Natural Resources and some livestock farms.
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The four steel towers of the former BBC World Service relay station, one as high as 75 metres and the others 65 metres tall, constitute an imposing and familiar feature of Grand Anse.
(John Lablache, Seychelles News Agency)Photo license (Seychelles News Agency) - Tuesday November 18 marked the closure of an iconic chapter of Seychelles’ history, signalling the end of an era when information was much more difficult to come by.
The nation’s bread basket Now that the site has been officially handed back to the government, MLUH has divided the assets among four local institutions.
The Ministry of Natural Resources will take up occupation of the main station building for use as the new Veterinary and Livestock Services centre, which used to be situated at Union Vale, close to the capital city of Victoria.
BBC World Service broadcasts in East Africa are still available via the internet and also via various other localised frequencies.
The handing over of the site to the Ministry of Land Use and Housing (MLUH) also included the station’s buildings and equipment, all of which are still in working order.
Fifty-nine per cent of Indians and 60 per cent of Pakistanis who use the Internet regard it as a good place to find a partner.
Other countries where high proportions of Internet users feel the same way include Ghana (47%) and the Philippines (42%).
With much of Africa joining the internet and mobile phone revolution, the times of trying to glean information about happenings in the rest of the world on a crackly AM radio station have now passed by.