Returning Officer, Gillian Francis, this morning announced the results of Polling Day for the General Election 2017 and has accordingly declared that the following candidates have been duly elected to serve as Members of the St Helena Legislative Council:

Clint Richard Beard: of Cow Path, Half Tree Hollow

Cruyff Gerard Buckley: of ‘Amourville’, Half Tree Hollow

Gavin George Ellick: of New Ground, St Paul’s

Corinda Sebastiana Stuart Essex: of ‘Villa Ajaccio’, Napoleon Street, Jamestown

Anthony Arthur Green: of ‘Oltonia’, Knollcombes, St Paul’s

Lawson Arthur Henry: of Sea View, Alarm Forest

Kylie Marie Hercules: of Ropery Field, Longwood

Brian William Isaac: of ‘Elizium’, Longwood Road

Cyril Kenneth Leo: of Nr Half Tree Hollow School, Half Tree Hollow

Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean: of Blackfield, Longwood

Derek Franklin Thomas: of Cow Path, Half Tree Hollow

Russell Keith Yon: of Nr Avondale, Half Tree Hollow

The Count took place from just before 9pm last night to just after 3am this morning.

The votes awarded to each candidate were as follows:

Clint Richard Beard: 513

Cruyff Gerard Buckley: 471

Gavin George Ellick: 458

Corinda Sebastiana Stuart Essex: 742

Anthony Arthur Green: 476

Cyril Keith Gunnell: 383

Lawson Arthur Henry: 568

Kylie Marie Hercules: 460

Brian William Isaac: 631

Jeremy James Johns: 333

Elizabeth Margaret Mary Johnson-Idan: 299

Cyril Kenneth Leo: 561

Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean: 392

Derek Franklin Thomas: 668

Pamela Ward Pearce: 198

Marian Bernadette Yon: 136

Russell Keith Yon: 753

In total 1106 people cast valid votes. This represents approximately 49% of those eligible to vote – compared with 55% in 2013, 58% in 2009, and 47% in 2005.

There were two invalid Ballot Papers.

27 July 2017


The public is advised that the free bulky waste collection service offered by St Helena Waste Management Services (WMS) has been cancelled. Members of the public are advised to make private arrangements for the collection and disposal of any bulky waste.

Introduced in 2015, the free bulky waste collection service aimed to benefit residents across the Island. However, it was temporarily suspended in March 2016, due to a reduction of vehicle resources to safely continue the service. Now, due to additional workloads, regrettably the service cannot be reinstated.

Additional operations undertaken by WMS include:

  • Increased collection and disposal (via incineration) of clinical waste for Public Health, from once to twice weekly
  • Collection of glass waste for recycling fortnightly, in partnership with private sector recycler CNSKB Trading
  • Increased sanitation program for public toilets/ areas, and
  • Roadside litter picks during domestic waste collections

WMS are also developing a ‘Landscape Impacting Bulky Waste Collection Project’ for Jamestown, to be delivered during this financial year – similar to the project successfully delivered last year in benefitting Longwood areas. WMS aim to deliver this project for other areas in future.

The public is reminded that Horse Point Landfill Site is open from Mondays to Sundays between 9am and 3pm, except on Public Holidays. Residents are encouraged to use the on-site Public Recycling Facility for glass, cans, scrap metal, wood, paint, motor and cooking oil, tyres, vehicle and domestic batteries, white goods and small electrical appliances, furniture, textiles and clothing, paper and cardboard before delivering waste to the bulky waste cell.

Waste Management Services are committed to working in partnership with customers for a cleaner and greener St Helena.

#StHelena #WasteManagementServices #BulkyWaste


26 July 2017





Polling Day is tomorrow, Wednesday 26 July 2017.

Polling Stations will be setup in each of the eight electoral districts at the following locations:

  • Blue Hill Community Centre
  • Sandy Bay Community Centre
  • Kingshurst Community Centre
  • Harford Community Centre
  • Half Tree Hollow Community Centre
  • Jamestown Community Centre
  • Judges Lodge in Alarm Forest
  • Levelwood Clinic

The stations will open at 10am and close at 7pm sharp.

Only those persons whose names are on the Register of Electors published on 14 June 2017 for the year commencing 1 July 2017 will be allowed to vote in the General Election.

Voters can only vote at the Polling Station in the electoral district in which they are registered.

There are 12 seats to be filled on Legislative Council and there are 17 candidates to choose from.

Voters are urged to go along to their respective Polling Station as soon as possible after 10am tomorrow to cast their votes for up to twelve candidates. Remember you do not have to vote for twelve but if you vote for more than twelve then none of your votes will be counted. The Polling Station has to close at 7pm sharp and voters will not be allowed into the Station or be given a ballot paper after this time.

Votes will be counted at the St Helena Community College Hall tomorrow evening, commencing at approximately 8pm. Counting of the votes and the results will be relayed live via SAMS Radio 1 and Saint FM.

#GeneralElection2017 #PollingDay #YourFutureYourResponsibility #YourVoteCounts

25 July 2017





Rebecca Lawrence of Half Tree Hollow (photo attached), has graduated from the University of Nottingham with a five year Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. Rebecca graduated this summer as Dr Rebecca Lawrence MRCVS, and is registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a fully qualified veterinarian.

In order to gain her veterinary degree in the UK, Rebecca was required to complete a significant amount of work placements during her course. She spent her final year in practice, rotating around various veterinary establishments and was assessed for practical and professional competencies. This included time in equine hospitals, farm animal practice, abattoirs, small animal first opinion and referral practice.

Rebecca commented:

“It has taken a very long time to get to this point and it would be impossible to describe everything I have experienced and learnt. I am starting my first job as a vet in a small animal practice in a few weeks.

“I am immensely grateful to a huge number of people who have supported me along the way.

“I feel I still have a lot to prove to myself but I can say that taking the RCVS oath at my graduation has been my greatest moment so far.”

Congratulations are extended to Rebecca from all in SHG.

#SaintStudentGraduates #SaintSuccess


25 July 2017







Five out of the ten staff who applied for the SHG Future Leaders Programme have been shortlisted.

Applications were assessed against the following criteria:

  • Applicants’ motivation to join the Future Leaders Programme – whether they are ambitious and career minded and want to develop within SHG
  • Experience and preferences and how these fit with the future leaders abilities, people skills and personality/motivations

 The five successful candidates have attended an Assessment Centre/Selection Day where they were required to complete a total of six online assessments that tested how they fit or matched with the skills, attitudes and outlook of a successful leader within SHG.

The results of the assessments are currently being coordinated by the Occupational Psychology Centre in the UK who will produce detailed reports on the outcomes of the assessments. It is expected that these outcomes will be known by the end of next week.

Before the final candidates are selected onto the programme, they must undertake a group exercise and attend a structured interview.

To find out more about the Future Leaders Programme, please visit the SHG website:

 #StHelena #SHG #FutureLeaders


25 July 2017






As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘beat surgeries’ in various places around the Island throughout August 2017.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend (see dates & times below).

A questionnaire will also be available so people can tell the Police what concerns them most in their area. This will help the Police identify patterns which will then help them to develop a problem solving plan.

Police Inspector of Operations, Julianne Benjamin, said:

“The Police Service encourage members of the public to come to the surgeries with any concerns they may have.  In order for us to provide the best possible service, we need to know how we can best help you. If we can’t help you ourselves, we will contact other agencies that can. Please take this opportunity to voice your concerns and help us to make St Helena safer.”

 Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times




Tuesday, 1 August 9am – 11am Nr Longwood Supermarket
Friday, 4 August 1pm – 3pm Nr Hospital, Jamestown
Saturday, 5 August 11am – 1pm Nr McDaniel’s Shop, Cleugh’s Plain
Thursday, 10 August 10am – 12 noon Barren Ground
Thursday, 10 August 5pm – 7pm Alarm Forest Bus Shelter
Friday, 11 August 3pm – 5pm Nr Marcus Fowler’s Shop, Levelwood
Thursday, 17 August 12.30pm – 2.30pm Briars Village
Friday, 18 August 11am – 12 noon MTB’s Shop, Half Tree Hollow
Saturday, 19 August 10am – 12 noon Nr Williams’ Shop, Sandy Bay
Friday, 25 August 3pm – 5pm Market Square
Sunday, 27 August 11am – 12 noon Salvation Army Hall, Half Tree Hollow
Monday, 28 August 9am – 11am Longwood Clinic

 #StHelena #CommunityEngagement #StHelenaPolice #NeighbourhoodPolicing


25 July 2017



The public is reminded that applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme are open until Monday, 21 August 2017.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is now in its third year and aims to discover, celebrate and support exceptional young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, leaving a lasting legacy for Her Majesty The Queen.

Young people nominated for an Award should be taking the lead in their community and using their skills to transform their own lives and the futures of others around them.

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 and 29 throughout 2018. The applicant’s date of birth must fall between 1 January 1989 and 1 January 2000
  • Applicants must be citizens of and working in a commonwealth country or citizens of an overseas territory (of a commonwealth member)
  • Applicants need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities
  • All applicants need to be supported by a suitable referee (a professional in one of the following occupations – a teacher or counsellor, a registered physician or nurse, a church or community leader, social worker or family services or business leader). Referees must not be related to the applicant.

Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.

All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition.

For more information, including how to apply and how to nominate a young person for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, please visit:

#StHelena #QueensYoungLeaders


25 July 2017




The latest Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin is now available – it includes the latest estimates of the annual rate of price inflation using the Retail Price Index, and the size of the population.

Annual price inflation between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2016 is estimated to be 5.1 per cent. The rate has fallen slightly from the estimate of annual price inflation last quarter of 7 per cent, but it remains high compared to the rates recorded over the last four years. Food prices have increased the most compared to one year ago, by 11.7 per cent on average. But in the three-month period since the previous quarter, alcohol and tobacco prices rose the most, by just over 3 per cent. The annual inflation rate for alcohol and tobacco increased from 7.1 per cent in Q1 to 9.3 per cent in Q2.

At the end of May 2017, the on-Island population was estimated to be 4,589. This is a small decline from the end of December, but a small increase of 1.2 per cent compared to May last year. The number of St Helenian residents was estimated to be 4,119.

The full Statistical News Bulletin is available on the Statistics Page of the SHG website at:

Other statistics are also available on the Statistics page:

 For any queries, please contact the Statistics Office on tel: 22138, or email:

#StHelena #QuarterlyStatsBulletin #Statistics


24 July 2017


A new Advanced Skills Teacher in Maths, Jacques Krige (photo attached), arrived on St Helena on Sunday, 9 July 2017, to undertake his role working within the Education Directorate. Jacques is on-Island for three years and is based at Prince Andrew School.

Jacques said:

“My role consists of teaching and developing mathematics on the Island. Students all over the world need to think big and expand their horizons and exceed all expectations we have for them.

“I hope to be a part of that journey for students on St Helena, giving them opportunities to shape and form their future, the Island’s development and the destiny of the world as one.”

Head Teacher of Prince Andrew School, Penny Bowers, said:

“We are very happy indeed to have our second Maths Teacher here with us. Jacques has a lot of experience and skills which we will endeavour to tap into.  We are now in a position where we can really look forward to the big picture and to developing a long term maths strategy for Prince Andrew School. 

“There has been big changes in the UK recently within the maths curriculum, and working alongside our Advanced Skills Maths Teachers, our aim is to improve our attainment in this area overall.”

Jacques has been teaching for 20 years, having been inspired by the challenge of mathematics. He has taught in South Africa, the UK, Dubai and Qatar. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and a Higher Diploma in Education.

Before coming to St Helena, Jacques spent fourteen years employed in the Middle East by Qatar Petroleum Schools as Head of Department Mathematics and as part of the Senior Leadership Team, working on Student Tracking, Curriculum Development & Design.

Jacques concluded:

“What I enjoy most about teaching is the moment when a puzzle piece falls into place in a student’s head, there is a brightness that appears in their eyes when they succeed in mathematics and it’s priceless to behold.

“In the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. It is my privilege to be a part of that process.”

#StHelena #Education #AdvancedSkillsTeacher #Maths


24 July 2017


St Helena Government and SA Airlink (‘Airlink’) are pleased to announce that they have today signed an agreement for Airlink to provide scheduled commercial air services to St Helena Island. Airlink will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island. This follows a period of contractual negotiations with Airlink.

Over the coming weeks, Airlink will be finalising regulatory approvals with the South African Civil Aviation Authority. This will include a proving flight to the Island.

Following the necessary approvals and proving flight, SHG will be able to announce the commencement date for a service between St Helena Airport and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is expected that the monthly service between St Helena and Ascension Island will start soon after and operate on the second Saturday of each month.

There will be a stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia before the flight continues to St Helena Airport. On the return route, the flight will stopover at Windhoek before returning to Johannesburg. On both legs of the journey there will be an opportunity for a connection at Windhoek to a connecting flight to and from Cape Town – this gives flexibility to passengers to go to either destination.

OR Tambo is an international hub and offers connectivity to over 80 airports around the world including to the UK and Europe. Further information about the planned service can be found in the attached Q&A.

The initial weekly service on a Saturday will be operated using an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft in a two class configuration (Business Class and Economy) with the flight time from Johannesburg to St Helena being approximately 6hrs 15 mins including a half hour stop in Windhoek.

The agreement with Airlink is for an initial term of three years from the date of the first flight.

HE Governor Lisa Phillips said:

“Undoubtedly, 2017 is the year of positive change for St Helena. Very soon a trip to South Africa, for St Helenians, will take a matter of hours rather than days.  And we will be able to welcome tourists here in larger numbers and improve the economy of the Island and offer a better life for those who live here. 

 “My thanks to everyone who has worked so hard in getting to this point and also my thanks for the funding we received to enable it to happen.  I am confident the future is a bright one.”

Airlink’s CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster, added:

“We are delighted to have reached this milestone and we are extremely excited to be preparing for the proving flight and to the inaugural flight shortly after.  Airlink is confident that our Embraer E190 ETOPS certified aircraft is most suited to the demanding environmental conditions prevalent at St Helena and that we will establish a safe and reliable air bridge between St Helena and South Africa – thereby creating air linkages between St Helena and the rest of the world by way of the interconnectivity offered at Johannesburg.

 “We are pleased to be able to connect both Cape Town and Johannesburg to St Helena by way of designed flight coordination at Windhoek – we acknowledge that Cape Town is an important destination for Saints and we recognise that Cape Town enjoys significant tourism visitations growing at thirty percent annually which could become an important source market for St Helena’s tourism aspirations.”

 Information on the commencement date, ticket sales and details on the cost of fares and sales distribution, including for Ascension Island, will be issued in due course. The fares offered are anticipated to be the same or similar between Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town and St Helena.

Airlink is a privately owned airline registered in South Africa.  It is a franchisee to South African Airways. Airlink is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and as such is IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) accredited. Airlink is a well-established South Africa domiciled airline operating on a comprehensive scheduled network with domestic and regional passenger and cargo services offering more than fifty thousand flights annually.

 Some key Questions & Answers on scheduled air services are outlined in the following document:

Air Services to St Helena – QandAs – 21 July 2017

 A Press Conference with officials will take place in the Governors Office today at 3.30pm.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #SAAirlink #ScheduledAirService

21 July 2017