At a special Executive Council meeting today, Thursday, 23 November 2017, the Executive Council considered a range of options to assist the St Helena Fisheries Corporation (SHFC) to recover from significant financial difficulties.

A large number of options for the fish processing plant have been considered, in consultation with members of the fishing industry, seeking to turn around what has historically been a loss making operation.

It has been recognised that the fish processing plant is in need of significant investment and that changes will need to be made to maximise the value of the fish processed by the plant. Councillors recognised the industry’s significant value to St Helena and offered their support.

Having discounted the option to close down the processing plant Councillors’ advice to the Governor was that SHG input additional funds to support the industry until March 2018.

The agreed course of action would also see an improvement plan designed and implemented. The plan will put in place measures to improve profitability. By the end of February 2018, a complete review will take place, after which a recommendation will be made whether to continue to support the SHFC beyond 1 April 2018.

SHG will also provide a guarantee to Connect St Helena for any debt incurred by SHFC for utilities after Monday, 23 October 2017. This guarantee would be limited to the electricity consumed from that date up until 31 March 2018. This guarantee can only be approved through a resolution of Legislative Council.

It was further agreed to set up two working groups – one looking into the possibility of raising additional finance for the industry through carefully managed licencing of foreign fishing vessels, the other to begin the process of seeking an investor to build a new fish processing plant. Fishermen will be fully involved in both working groups.

Councillors recognised that there were risks associated with this decision and required everyone to continue to work together to ensure that the fishing industry in St Helena was capable of flourishing.

#StHelena #ExCo #SHFC

23 November 2017


In October 2017, seven public meetings were held around the Island to discuss the Marriage Bill and options, the Welfare of Children’s (Amendment) Bill and the Domestic Abuse Bill.

The results from these meetings and other submissions, together with information on the two petitions received, have been published today, Thursday, 23 November 2017.

The report is available in hard copy at the Public Library and the Customer Service Centre and can also be accessed via the SHG Website under Publications:

Legislative Council members have since discussed the way forward in respect of the Marriage Bill and agreed that due process needs to be followed. Currently, the next step is for the Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) to decide whether to recommend to Executive Council whether the Marriage Bill should be presented as Government Business to the Legislative Council meeting scheduled for Friday, 15 December.

The SCDC will meet to discuss this item of business in the Council Chamber at 9am on Monday, 4 December, to decide on its recommendation. This will be an Open Session to which the public may attend.

The Welfare of Children’s (Amendment) Bill and the Domestic Abuse Bill have already been given Committee approval to be presented to the Legislative Council in December.

#StHelena #SCDC #PublicConsultationReport #Published

23 November 2017

The Public Library in Jamestown re-opened today, Wednesday 22 November 2017, following a period of restoration works.

This special occasion was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place at 12noon.








Director of Education & Employment, Shirley Wahler, welcomed everyone to the ceremony with a short speech. This was followed by brief remarks from the Chairperson of the Education Committee, Councillor Christine Scipio-O’dean. Library Manager, Jill Young, also gave a short talk about the history of the Library. HE Governor Lisa Phillips then declared the Library open with the cutting of the ribbon.

Members of the public, invited guests, various SHG officials including Elected Members, Headteachers and students from all four Island schools, were then invited to view the newly refurbished Library.

Later, members of the public and invited guests were welcome to view the cutting of the cake and a short presentation of thanks to all involved in the Library refurbishment.

The new Library, revamped by contractor, Waylon Leo, now contains brand new books for adults and children, books of history related to the Island, DVDs, audio tapes and magazines, re-arranged shelving and new flooring, along with new equipment.

The library has also upgraded to an automation system, allowing the Library to introduce membership cards and books with bar codes that can be scanned.









Following the ceremony, the Library was opened as usual and now has new opening hours, which are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9.30am – 1.30pm reopening at 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 1.30pm reopening at 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm reopening at 6pm – 8pm

#StHelena #PublicLibrary #Re-Opened

22 November 2017

The Chairman, Vice Chairman, members, and Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of St Helena will visit Tynwald in the Isle of Man and Westminster from 27 – 30 November 2017 for a capacity-building programme, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK.  This visit was requested by the Chairman of the PAC, and will be delivered by the UK Overseas Territories (UKOT) Project.

St Helena PAC members are: Chairman, Cyril (Ferdie) Gunnell, Vice Chairman, Mark Yon, and Councillors Brian Isaac, Dr Corinda Essex and Clint Beard. The Clerk is Anita Legg. Councillor Essex is unable to join the delegation, however, was able to meet the Chairperson of the UK PAC during her recent visit to London. Councillor Ellick is the alternate member of the St Helena PAC.

PAC Chairman, Cyril Gunnell, said:

“Training for PAC members and our clerk was identified as a high priority at the Miami seminar for Overseas Territories in March 2017. I am delighted with this programme, supported through the UK OT Project, and coming soon after the newly appointed Committee is excellent timing.”

 In addition to observing evidence sessions of the PACs of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities for direct exchanges with UK members of both Houses, committee clerks and officials, representatives of the UK National Audit Office, and other relevant stakeholders. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work, such as the preparation of inquiries and evidence sessions, will build the skills and capacity of the entire committee. The programme has been tailored to the requirements of the St Helena PAC with a view to strengthen the PAC upon their return to St Helena.

In the week of 4 – 6 December, immediately following the tailored programme, Cyril, Mark and Anita will join the 2017 Westminster Workshop for Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC).  This follow-on workshop will include specific sessions on effective questioning, media engagement, and the challenges and opportunities for PACs in small Legislatures.

Chief Auditor and advisor to the PAC, Phil Sharman, said:

“The PAC is a committee established under the Constitution to give parliamentary oversight of the financial stewardship of Government and other public bodies on St Helena – this programme will enable the Committee to better perform this important scrutiny role on behalf of Legislative Council.”

#StHelena #PublicAccountsCommittee


22 November 2017



Between Friday, 29 September 2017, and Monday, 2 October 2017, a vehicle with registration number: 1397 was stolen from outside Greenlands in Jamestown. The vehicle was a Landrover Defender, white in colour with black doors.

The vehicle was later recovered but the Police are appealing to anyone with any information on this incident to please contact Police Headquarters on telephone: 22626 or email the Criminal Investigations Department via:

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AppealforInformation


22 November 2017





The fieldwork for the 2017 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) is, this week, entering its final phase.

The Statistics Office has been conducting the HES since mid-September, under the authority of the Statistics Ordinance, 2000.

The Statistics Office would like to extend their thanks to all of the 140 households that have taken part in the HES. Participants are kindly requested to complete remaining forms or diaries as soon as possible, and return to their enumerator or the Statistics Office at The Castle.

The primary purpose of this survey is to update the ‘shopping basket’ used to measure the impact of price inflation on households. From time to time, the composition of the basket needs to be reviewed through a survey, to make sure it represents the current average spending patterns of households and so that inflation can be measured as accurately as possible.

Over the next few weeks, the data collected will be checked and processed to produce statistics on household expenditure patterns, which will enable the recalibration of the ‘shopping basket’ used to calculate inflation rates and the Retail Price Index (RPI).

When all forms have been received, a raffle draw for all participants will be conducted with prizes kindly donated by local businesses – The Rose & Crown, Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc , Thorpe’s & Sons, the Queen Mary Store, Joshua Brothers Covered Production, Essence Beauty Salon and G-Unique Designs.

#StHelena #Statistics #HES #RPI

21 November 2017

The public is reminded that a comments book has been placed in the foyer of Essex House for anyone wishing to make comments on the two proposed sites for the new prison. Alternatively, persons wishing to make comments may do so by emailing the Secretary of the Prison Project Board, Miss Nicole Plato, via: by no later than Thursday, 30 November 2017.

The two proposed sites, situated in the Bottom Woods area of Longwood are:

  1. West of the Met Station
  2. An area known as the Goat Pen

The layouts of the proposed sites have been placed in the foyer of Essex House and at Longwood Supermarket for the public to view.

In addition, the layout is available on the Publications page of the SHG website:

#StHelena #ProposedPrisonSites


21 November 2017



The regular commercial charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island began this weekend with the first flight landing at Wideawake Airfield, Ascension, on the afternoon of Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Ascension Island Administrator, Marc Holland, said:

“I’m delighted the first inter-Island flight went so smoothly and with monthly flights from now on, the historic links between the Islands and Saints will be preserved. It was great to see all the organisations on Ascension and St Helena pulling together to make the flight a success.

On a personal note, I am delighted to have seen this project through to completion before my term as Administrator comes to an end on Wednesday.”

Airlink’s Embraer E190 aircraft took off from Ascension early on Sunday, 19 November, and arrived at St Helena Airport two hours later before the onward journey to Johannesburg.

Governor Lisa Phillips was a passenger on the first flight to Ascension, taking the opportunity to stay overnight and meet with Councillors and residents.

Governor Lisa said:

“It was a privilege to be on the first inter-island air link between St Helena and Ascension. The flight was very smooth and it was amazing to get between the two parts of the territory in less than two hours. The inter-island flight is a specially arranged charter by employers on Ascension for their employees and will provide a critical transport link.”

This commercial charter service to Ascension will take place on the second Saturday of each month.

Tickets can be purchased via the Ascension Island Government website:

#StHelena #AscensionIsland #CommercialCharterService #FirstFlight

21 November 2017

The Highways Authority has given approval for the road to be closed from Hutt’s Gate to Levelwood, from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. This is to enable the Roads Section to carry out rehabilitation works nr Wells Gut.

 Appropriate signage will be in place and as normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

The diversion route for persons traveling to and from Levelwood during this closure will be via Sandy Bay and Rock Rose.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

 #StHelena #RoadsSection #RoadClosure


21 November 2017

Key players in a proposal to bring a fibre optic cable to St Helena arrived at St Helena on Saturday, 18 November 2017. They are Dr Rosalind Thomas (Managing Director of South Atlantic Express), Tony Fisk (Commercial Director & Head of Practice at Pelagian and SHG’s adviser) and Christian von der Ropp (from A Human Right).

Dr Rosalind was here for an overnight visit but Tony and Christian are on-Island for a week.

A reception was held at Plantation House on Saturday evening, hosted by Deputy Governor Louise MacMorran and partner David Mothershaw.

In attendance were various Government Officials and Councillors, members from Sure South Atlantic Ltd and Island media, among other guests.

A Press Conference with Dr Rosalind, Tony, Christian and Councillors Lawson Henry and Russell Yon was held at Mantis St Helena on Sunday, 19 November 2017, at 9am. Also in attendance were Chief Secretary Roy Burke, Assistant Chief Secretary Paul McGinnety, Financial Secretary Dax Richards and Government Economist Nicole Shamier.

Island media were able to learn more about the proposals for the cable project and to put questions to the panel.

Questions focused on environmental considerations, benefits of the cable and the opportunities that landing a fibre optic cable at St Helena will have for the community.

The ultimate goal of the project is to offer unlimited data allowance and provide a 21st century cost effective internet capability to St Helena residents. Opportunities arising from the project and in line with the Island’s Digital Strategy include the use of e-medicine, increased connectivity for education and the prospects of attracting new businesses to St Helena.

Paul McGinnety also spoke of a training programme that will be offered to all St Helena residents, he said:

“Enabling the Island to make the most of increased connectivity is a key focus for SHG and it is our intention to work with the private sector and NGOs to provide training and support across the community so that we can all maximise the potential of the cable and the Digital Strategy.”

#StHelena #FibreOpticCableProject


20 November 2017