The following is a reminder to all Learner Drivers and their Driving Instructors:

  • Before using a motor vehicle on a road, the driver must have a current and up-to-date Driver’s Licence for the correct class of vehicle they intend to drive
  • The motor vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and the vehicle licence or MOT is current and up-to-date
  • The driver of the motor vehicle is covered by a valid insurance policy
  • The Driving Instructor has held that class of licence for at least two years and is covered by the vehicle’s insurance policy

If any of the conditions above are not met and a vehicle is still being used on a road, this will constitute an offence under the Road Traffic Ordinance and Motor Vehicles (Third Party Insurance) Ordinance respectively.

As part of the Driving Competency Test, the Driving Examiner will require the Learner Driver to produce proof of their Provisional Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Licence and Insurance, and will check that the vehicle is safe to be used on a road before the commencement of the test. If the Learner Driver is not able to produce these documents, the test will be postponed. 

The St Helena Driving Examiner has an important role in working with the community to ensure public safety. If an offence has been committed he has the right to cancel the test and report the matter to the Police.

Persons wanting to book a Driving Competency Test can telephone the Half Tree Hollow Police Post on tel: 23695 during normal working hours or by email: police.vehicleinspector@helanta.co.sh.

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 SHG

19 January 2018

A Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Resource Team will be visiting St Helena for one week from Saturday, 20 January to Saturday, 27 January 2018, to deliver a Post-Election Seminar for Members of the St Helena Legislative Council.

The Resource Team comprises of the Hon Barry House, former President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia;  the Hon Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament; Mr Roger Phillips, Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker, Isle of Man; and Ms Meenakshi Dhar, Acting Head of the CPA Private Office.

The CPA has been delivering Post Election Seminars for over 20 years. The Seminars are aimed at building the capacity of newly elected Members of Parliament so they function efficiently and effectively in the performance of their democratic duties. They also serve as a refresher course for returning parliamentarians.

The Post-Election Seminar will begin at 9am in the Council Chamber on Monday, 22 January and will incorporate 14 different sessions with the closing session scheduled for the morning of Friday, 26 January.

Sessions will cover a range of topics including ‘The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy and the Constitution of St Helena’, ‘Public Speaking – Enabling Parliamentarians to Communicate Clearly and with Impact’, ‘Practice and Procedure in the House’ and ‘Ethics and Accountability of Members of Parliament’.

Ms Dhar will also be launching the CPA Roadshow to school children on Friday, 26 January, when children will have the opportunity to learn more about the Commonwealth, democracy and parliamentary matters.

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SHG
18 January 2018

The Economic Development Committee (EDC), through a sub-committee reviewed media services on St Helena in 2016.  As a result of the review, two Service Level Agreements (SLA) were agreed between St Helena Government (SHG) and South Atlantic Media Services (SAMS) for radio and print journalism. The SLAs came into force on 1 April 2017 with clear conditions that SAMS had to deliver in order to access an agreed lower subsidy.

In January 2018 the EDC reviewed the SLA and SAMS’ performance against the conditions.

The Sentinel has delivered a range of content including articles featuring children and young people as well as contributions from the community as required in the SLA.

SAMS have increased the amount of live radio broadcasts and they continue to relay the World Service.

SAMS are delivering on the elements of the SLA successfully while ensuring quality and journalistic integrity is maintained.

Despite a reduction in subsidy the SAMS team has adopted a new business model and credit must be given to the leadership, staff and volunteers.

The Sentinel continues to promote the Island and bring it to new audiences through the online edition. However, it may be that a speedier way to enable people to access online editions may be prudent and be worthy of consideration.

The EDC noted the progress made to date and will be provided with a further update at the end of the financial year.

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17 January 2018

 

The monthly meeting of the Economic Development Committee was held on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

The following is a summary of the main items discussed:

Enterprise St Helena (ESH) delivered a report for the month of November. Key highlights included a visit by two South African vine growers to assess the potential for developing a viticulture sector. Both are connected with the wine making industry and were enthused by the potential of the Island to support the growth of high quality grapes for wine production. Discussions are ongoing with SHG to explore feasibility further and secure investment from established wine producers in South Africa.

Work to progress the Investor Strategy is underway with Elected Members and other key stakeholders being briefed on proposals to enhance the business investment environment.

In terms of promoting St Helena as a destination, there are 27 tour operators selling packages to St Helena with an additional 30 operators in discussions with the Tourist Office.

ANRD provided an update on the Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in South Africa and reported that as suspected the outbreak has proven difficult to control and has spread to multiple premises including in the Western Cape. The last outbreak in commercial poultry was on 18 October 2017, and the Senior Veterinary Officer advised that if no further outbreaks have occurred by 18 January 2018, her suggestion would be to lift the ban as soon as possible for all bird products, except those from ostriches. This may include restrictions such as purchasing products from accredited export premises as previously discussed and rejected by the Resilience Forum meeting held at the end of June 2017.

Consultations on the revised Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP) have been conducted in Half Tree Hollow, St Paul’s and Blue Hill. A discussion also took place at the Chamber of Commerce meetings. Consultations are yet to be concluded in Longwood, Sandy Bay, Jamestown, Rupert’s and Levelwood.

Some common issues included:

  • Land: access to land is difficult, there is a need for the SEDP to help release land more quickly for the sectors identified
  • Invasives: such as moths & rabbits are a big problem to agriculture and honey.
  • Importing vegetables: we should be encouraging, if not legislating, towards the reduction of vegetable imports where there is local supply
  • Growing new vegetables: there should be someone to ask for advice on growing new vegetables. Although finance would be available from ESH, writing a business case is a barrier
  • Communication: farmers feel there should be improved communication with SHG and would like to receive more farm visits in order to talk about issues. They are often asked how many vegetables they will harvest – they know how much they planted but harvests depends upon yield, disease and invasives
  • Timber: many were interested in potential uses, treatment of wood and forestry planning – the need to look long-term and plant high value species
  • Tourism: much more could be done to improve the tourism offering; we should employ many more ‘blue heritage’ plaques and history information signs especially in regards to slavery, star mapping and local history as well as Napoleon. The buildings within Jamestown should be smartened up and painted bright colours. There should be a weekly Jamestown tour available and even re-enactment shows
  • SHG procurement: should ‘buy local’ as much as feasible, but also use cost/quantity surveyors to ensure that they are getting the best value for money from local providers

A full report will be provided after the consultation period has closed.

A review of SAMS Service Level Agreements was also discussed at the meeting and a separate press release will follow.

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17 January 2018

Occupational Therapist, Tongai Chichaya took up his new role on St Helena on Saturday, 6 January 2018.

Tongai has been appointed on an 18-month contract and his main duty will be to provide an Occupational Therapy Service across the Health Directorate and further develop Occupational Therapy Services on the Island.

Tongai commented:

“Occupational Therapy is based on the premise that engaging in occupations of one’s choice and need promotes good health and well-being. In this post, I hope to collaborate with Saints to promote their participation in activities that are meaningful to them despite any physical, mental or sensory impairments that may interfere with their occupational performance. This can be achieved through functional retraining, environmental modification or task modification.

 “This post uniquely allows for use of these strategies for people with a wide range of conditions, hence my decision to take it up. In occupational therapy terms ‘occupation’ refers to everything that a person does from the time they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at the end of the day.”

 Director of Health, Dr Akeem Ali, added:

“Tongai joins the Health Directorate to strengthen our service offering in the community. As an Occupational Therapist, his role, working with colleagues, clients and families is to support people to become independent at home and to quicken return to normal functioning as far as possible following injury or ill-health. He comes with extensive knowledge and experience in Occupational Therapy and Public Health and, in addition to providing services, he will also help train local staff.”

 Tongai holds a Bsc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and a Masters in Public Health. Tongai has previously worked as a Rotational Occupational Therapist, National Coordinator for a national community based rehabilitation within primary healthcare setting and, before coming to the Island, worked as a Rehabilitation Quality Specialist.  Tongai is currently studying towards a PhD in Occupational Therapy.

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17 January 2018

Visiting Audiologist, Sean McCann arrived at St Helena on Saturday, 13 January 2018. Sean, who last visited the Island in November 2016, is here for four weeks providing an Audiology Service to the people of St Helena.

As an Audiologist, Sean diagnoses and treats people with hearing, balance and tinnitus problems – this can be either through self-referrals or referrals from GPs or Doctors.

Sean commented:

“I hope to service everyone that has had a hearing aid from me in the past. Tubing will need to be replaced and the hearing aid might need to be fine-tuned. You still need to see me for a service even if you’re happy with your device. I haven’t been back on St Helena in over a year so it’s definitely required for the maintenance of your hearing aid. They can last several years if maintained correctly.

 “I look forward to working closely with Community Nurse Diana Stroud again.”

 Director of Health, Dr Akeem Ali added:

“Sean’s visit is an essential part of ensuring that continuing specialist care is provided in a sustainable manner on the Island. We expect to build positively on his previous visit and he will be seeing many new and follow-up patients.”

 Sean will depart the Island on Sunday, 11 February 2018.

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17 January 2018

 

 

Would you like to go onboard the RMS for one last time? Or maybe you have never even been onboard? Perhaps you just want to say a personal goodbye? Well now’s your chance.

The RMS St Helena will hold an Open Day on Friday, 9 February 2018. This is a last chance for members of the public to see the RMS in action before she departs on her final voyage from St Helena the following day.

People taking advantage of the Open Day will be able to visit The Bridge, from where they will get a birds-eye view of the cargo decks and open deck spaces. The lifeboats will also be open so visitors can see what they look like from the inside.

Visitors will see the Sun Deck and Pool area, Sun Lounge, Main Lounge, Dining Saloon, Hospital and a selection of cabins on all three decks.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, then book now with the St Helena Tourist Office.

There are a limited number of tickets available so check out this week’s newspapers for further details including available time slots.

RMS Fun Fact

The RMS St Helena has been in service for the past 27 years and has sailed some 2, 170, 035 Nautical Miles.

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16 January 2018

The public is advised that the Highways Authority has given approval for four car parks, adjacent to the Carnarvon Court Complex, to be closed between 8.30am and 4pm on Friday, 19 January, and Monday, 22 January 2018. This is to allow the Corporate IT Division to carry out essential work in this area.

Corporate IT would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation and patience during this closure.

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16 January 2018

St Helena Police have now concluded their Drink-Drive campaign, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’, which ran from December 2017 through to 7 January 2018.

The purpose of the campaign was to ensure public safety on the roads of St Helena and was aimed at both drivers and other road users.

Police presence was high throughout the Island and a total of 40 persons were dealt with during the duration of the campaign. Road Traffic Collisions made up 12 of the offences with a further 28 Minor Traffic Offences committed. Only one person was dealt with for driving whilst being over the prescribed limit.

The majority of offences detected were committed in the Jamestown area, however during the late evenings and early mornings the more serious offences were committed in other areas outside of Jamestown.

Although the campaign has now concluded, the Police will continue to monitor the roads of St Helena to ensure that drivers are complying with the law.
St Helena Police would like to thank the public for their cooperation and support during this time.

We will strive to keep you, the public safe. Help us to help you!

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SHG
16 January 2018

Executive Council met today with only one item on the Closed Agenda. This related to an SHG Guarantee for additional borrowing of £500,000 from the Bank of Saint Helena in relation to Saint Helena Hotel Development Ltd. Council agreed to further support the Hotel development. The agreement of Legislative Council is required and this item will be presented at the next formal meeting of Legislative Council scheduled to take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018.

HE the Governor advised Executive Council that she had agreed to give directions that Friday, 9 February 2018, shall be observed as a Public Holiday to celebrate the occasion of the final scheduled voyage of the RMS St Helena from the Island.
The meeting concluded at 10am.

ExCo
16 January 2018