On Wednesday evening, 17 October 2018, Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Honan, held a reception at Plantation House to honour the visit of His Excellency, Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa.

The reception began at 6.30pm and gave invited guests the chance to engage with the Ambassador, and to speak about the connections between France and St Helena and the heritage they share.

Governor Lisa reflected on the first year of commercial flights and the benefits to tourism. The Governor, in speaking about the obvious links and Napoleonic heritage, took the opportunity to remind guest present that tourism is everybody’s business. 

She stated:

“Tourism is absolutely central to the future of this Island and the people living on it, the key is we all need to engage with the tourism effort that is already taking place.”

The Ambassador of France to South Africa arrived on Saturday, 13 October, and is due to depart St Helena on Saturday, 20 October 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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19 October 2018

St Helena Government is pleased to announce that following an open-tender exercise, Island Images has been selected to operate the Landside Café on the first floor of the Terminal Building at St Helena Airport.  The contract is initially for three years and will see the landside restaurant re-open as a café.

Deputy Airport Contracts Manager, James Kellet, said:

“Following an open-tender and evaluation exercise involving SHG and ESH, we are pleased to award the contract for the operation of the Landside Café concession to Island Images. When the contract came up for tender, it was decided to change the focus away from a restaurant towards a more relaxed café-type experience. We hope that customers will enjoy their experience at the Landside Café and in particular, be mindful of the need to allow all of their fellow customers the chance to partake in the services offered. My best wishes to Island Images going forward.

It should be noted that Island Images will operate the Landside Café, and the Rose & Crown will continue to offer services in the Airside Café, as normal, for departing passengers.”

The new concession will open its doors on Saturday, 20 October 2018, and will be offering a selection of food and beverages to passengers, visitors, and members of the public.

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19 October 2018

SEVEN-WEEK COURSE STARTS MONDAY

Three new Police Officers, along with a few current Police and Immigration Officers, will on Monday, 22 October 2018, begin a seven-week Initial Police Training course.

The officers will be undergoing training at various locations across the Island, with some units of the course giving members of the public the opportunity to observe and interact with the students.

The training will cover a wide range of topics, starting with the basics like ‘Uniform Fitting’ and the ‘Police Role in Society’ in the first week, to ‘Arrest, Caution, and Escorting Prisoners’ in week four, all the way through to ‘Firearms’ and ‘Sexual Offences’ in week seven.

Learning & Development Sergeant for St Helena Police, Mark Coombe, said:

“This is a structured initial seven-week training course for Police Officers. It will incorporate working in the community, so you will see teams of officers training across the Island. This is to make the training as realistic as possible, and please feel free to watch the training if you so wish. We will keep you informed throughout the course. This is phase one of the initial training with a further three phases to follow over a 24-month period. The training will provide the students with all the skills necessary to become successful Police Officers.”

Initial Police Training Tutors (L-R) – Chief Inspector Mike Miskell, Learning & Development Sergeant Mark Coombe, and Tutor Constable, Matt Silvey

There will be weekly updates on the progress of the students, following their journey through the seven-week Initial Police Training programme.

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SHG
18 October 2018

The following is a public announcement from the Roads Section:

The Roads Section would like to advise the public that Side Path Road will be closed from 9am on Monday, 22 October 2018 for approximately three weeks.

 This closure is for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is to allow Masons from the Roads Section to carry out repair work on a retaining wall.

For the duration of the works, the diversion route will be via Constitution Hill Road. As normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure might cause.

 SHG
16 October 2018

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Sunday, 14 October 2018, marked the one year anniversary since the start of commercial flights into St Helena. This is a momentous milestone for St Helena Airport.

The first commercial flight arrived at St Helena Airport from South Africa on Saturday, 14 October 2017, with 72 passengers onboard.

To date (excluding the past weekend’s flights), there have been 104 scheduled flights to and from South Africa. This has seen 6208 passengers arriving and departing from St Helena Airport on these flights.

As with any airport, St Helena Airport has also experienced delays due to unfavourable weather. Despite the wet winter season, there have only been seven delays to Saturday flights during the first year of commercial services. Nevertheless, commercial flights have afforded thousands of people quick access to and from the Island, enabling many Saints who have not been back to the Island for several years to return to visit friends and family, and become reacquainted with St Helena.

Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager of St Helena Airport Ltd, Gwyneth Howell, said:

“This period has flashed past us and much has changed. In the past year, as an operation, we have learnt a lot and improved our services along the way. We would like to thank our customers, contractors, ASSI, SHG, and of course our Airport Staff for their unstinting efforts.”

To commemorate the one year anniversary of commercial air services, SA Airlink’s Chief Executive Officer, Rodger Foster, is due to visit the Island next month.

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15 October 2018

St Helena Government is pleased to announce the visit of His Excellency, Christophe Farnaud, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, from 13 October to 20 October 2018. This is the first official visit by a senior French official in recent times.

This visit follows from a visit to Paris and Cape Town by Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Honan, French Consul, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, and other Enterprise St Helena roadshow members in November 2017 to promote St Helena as a tourism destination following the opening of St Helena Airport.

The week of His Excellency’s visit will mark three years since the start of the St Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd, which manages the French properties associated with Napoleon. It will also coincide with the 203rd anniversary since Napoleon’s arrival on St Helena.

Ambassador, Christophe Farnaud said:

“I am very honoured to be the first French Ambassador to be officially visiting St Helena. This visit will allow us to work together to enhance our cooperation, in particular in the field of tourism, through the valorisation of the Napoleonic sites.”

The visit is jointly hosted by the Governor and the French Consul and aims to:

  • promote the opportunities for joint French/British tourism and the opportunity of two-centre holidays in South Africa and St Helena
  • raise awareness and strengthen the links around historical French/British/St Helenian connections
  • highlight the opportunities for French foreign investment on St Helena

The programme will include events with local tourism providers, engagement with Prince Andrew School, meeting elected members, and a set of cultural events to mark the Island’s shared history.

Governor Lisa said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Ambassador, Christophe Farnaud, to St Helena. The theme of the visit is cooperation between St Helena, the UK, and France. That cooperation is, of course, built on shared history. But that relationship has multiplied to the modern relationship between the three which we have today. Now that we have air access, and now that St Helena is open to the rest of the world, we must exploit that access for the benefit of St Helenians.”

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau commented:

“This is a major first in the history of the French properties on St Helena Island. In the 160 years that France has officially owned the Napoleonic sites, this is the first time that an Ambassador, as head of diplomatic mission, will visit his domains in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.”

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12 October 2018

Following discussions with staff, subcontractors and suppliers, St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to advise that work will recommence in all areas with effect from Monday, 15 October 2018. Staff who have continued to provide essential services during this interim period are thanked for their dedication and commitment to the project.

SHG is pleased to note that all staff who received an offer of ongoing employment have now accepted and works can therefore resume. Normal hours and working arrangements will continue. Transport providers are requested to operate as normal so that staff can get to work.

SHG offers sincere thanks to staff, subcontractors and suppliers for their continued support and looks forward to working with them to complete the project successfully.

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12 October 2018

Executive Council met yesterday with one item on the open agenda. This was to consider two proposed amendments to the Public Finance Ordinance, 2010 and to advise whether the Public Finance Amendment Bill 2018 should be published and presented as Government Business at the Legislative Council Meeting to be held on 26 October 2018.

Both amendments relate to advances made by the St Helena Government to individuals and organisations under the provisions of the Constitution which refers to “Borrowing or Lending by the Government of St Helena”.

The proposed amendments to the Public Finance Ordinance make provision for the total amounts that could be advanced to be increased from £1,000,000 to £2,000,000.

The second amendment allows these advances to be exempted from being approved by Legislative Council.

Council advised the Governor that they were content to recommend that the Bill is presented as Government Business at the next scheduled Legislative Council meeting on 26 October subject to agreement that the details of any advances made, are set out and laid in a Sessional Paper in accordance with the Constitution and that this should be done twice yearly.

Council also advised the Governor that the SHG Financial Regulations should be updated to include a cap of £500,000 on the maximum amount that could be advanced to any one organisation.

 ExCo

12 October 2018

OCTOBER 2018

His Lordship, Chief Justice Charles Ekins Esq, will arrive on St Helena on Saturday, 20 October 2018.

The formal opening of the St Helena Supreme Court will take place on Monday, 22 October 2018, at 10am. This Supreme Court Session will continue until Friday, 2 November, and the Chief Justice will depart St Helena on Saturday, 3 November 2018.

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SHG
10 October 2018

THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2018

A special meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on, Thursday 11 October 2018.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  1. Public Finance (Amendment) Bill, 2018

This paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

The planning application for a new build prison in the Goat Pen area in Bottom Woods, which was due to be presented this week, will be discussed in a future meeting of Executive Council, once an Environmental Impact Assessment has been completed. The public will be kept informed.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memo should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: anthea.moyce@sainthelena.gov.sh.

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

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10 October 2018