The following is a Public Announcement from the Roads Section:

The Highways Authority has given approval for Field (Rupert’s) Road to be closed from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday, 26, Thursday, 27, and Friday, 28 June 2019.

This closure is to allow the Roads Section to carry out maintenance works on Field Road.

During each closure the diversion route will be via the Airport Access Road and, as normal, only Emergency Services’ vehicles will be granted access.

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

18 June 2019



Executive Council met this morning with one substantive item of business on the Open Agenda which was a request to establish a new Special Fund – the Internal Audit Service Trading Special Fund. The Financial Secretary introduced the topic and explained that establishing a Special Fund Trading Account would allow SHG’s Internal Audit function to improve governance arrangements for the provision of Internal Audit services to non-SHG organisations. The creation of the trading account will promote transparency and allow expertise and skills which have been difficult to source on-Island, to be utilised more efficiently, providing much needed assurance to various entities whilst at the same time building on-Island capacity for the future.

A healthy discussion followed where Members debated whether the service would be affordable, especially to the smaller entities, and also whether there would be committee oversight of the setting of tariffs for the service provision. Members were also concerned that the entities would be compelled to use the service.

Members approved the request on the condition that the entities would have a choice in determining whether they wanted to use SHG’s Internal Audit Service and that SHG’s Audit and Risk Committee would have oversight of the fees and charges to be levied for the service. It was also noted that this arrangement, whilst facilitating good governance at a time when the Island’s economy is developing, would be reviewed after a period of two years.

Members also expressed concern regarding the recent incident which took place in Pretoria and were pleased to note that the victims, and indeed all of the patients and their Carers were being supported by MSO including receiving counselling and pastoral support. In the meantime, SHG through the Governor’s Office would be issuing guidance, consistent with that provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for people travelling to South Africa.


18 June 2019

St Helena Government’s (SHG) new Business Manager, Caesar Bond Nayoto, took on his new role in the Education & Employment Directorate on Tuesday, 11 June 2019.

Caesar has been appointed on a local contract and his main duties will include overseeing and leading the business operations of the Directorate with overall responsibility for Administration, Finance, HR and Procurement sections.

Caesar said:

“When I got here, I was amazed by the friendly and courteous gestures of the local people and thought to myself; if all people around the world were like the Saints that would be a great leap towards making the world a better and safer place to live in.”

Director of Education & Employment, Wendy Benjamin, added:

“I am really pleased to welcome Caesar as part of our team in Education. There is much for him to learn in relation to the workings of SHG and the Directorate but I am confident that he will rise to these challenges. I wish Caesar well in his new role and I hope that he will enjoy working with us.”

Caesar has management and technical qualifications in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and 13 years management experience. He holds a postgraduate qualification in Financial Management from the University of Gloucestershire and is currently doing a dissertation for a Master of Business Administration with the same university.

Caesar is a level one cricket coach and has held different portfolios within Zimbabwe Cricket in Development, Cricket Operations and as the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team Manager to the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup. He is ready to volunteer his services to coaching children during his spare time.

#StHelena #NewAppointment #BusinessManager


18 June 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is recognised every year on 15 June. WEAAD is an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding and raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older persons. This year’s theme is ‘Lifting Up Voices’ and the colour for the day is ‘purple’.

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate is leading on a number of initiatives to give service users, residents and tenants an active voice, promote their safety and wellbeing, and improve their life opportunities. These initiatives are evolving and include: a regular health MOT in partnership with the Health Directorate and coordinated by Community & Residential Disability Manager, Nicky Adams, a resident-led committee for residents of the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC), and a befriending service across the Directorate.

Quality Assurance & Policy Lead, Gavin (Jack) Thomas, said:

“For many people who live alone or without social companionship, life can be lonely and isolating, and if they have restricted mobility, additional needs or suffering from long-term illnesses, all this can lead to increased illness, loneliness and isolation.

“One way for an older person, someone with additional needs or someone with restricted mobility to have improved life is to meet regularly with a caring visitor with whom to chat, have a drink, a meal, attend places of worship, go shopping, or visit a place of interest.

“To celebrate WEAAD 2019, we want to hear from anyone interested in becoming a befriender of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate. Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering for this personally rewarding role, should contact myself or Assistant Director, Victoria Kellett, at Brick House on telephone number 22713.

“The resident-led committee is very much in its infancy but we have a promising chairperson who is set to be the ideal advocate and ambassador on behalf of the residents of the CCC. The committee will help us promote and reflect on equality in how we provide care and support. As the committee evolves, it will add value and a clear focus on decision making and inclusion.”

Together we can promote the dignity, respect and safety of our older citizens. Show you care on 15 June by wearing purple, fly a purple flag, light a purple candle, bake and share a purple cake, wear a purple ribbon and most importantly – make every day a ‘purple’ day for our ageing community on St Helena.


#StHelena #Children&AdultsSocialCare #AltogetherSafer #WEAAD



14 June 2019

St Helena Police are currently investigating the theft of a number of plants stolen from the Millennium Forest Nursery between 4pm on Tuesday, 11, and 8.30am on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

Conservation Projects Officer, Martina Peters, said:

“These plants have taken much valuable time to grow and be cared for, in order to become established. Some of the plants taken were intended for sale, so that profits from sales will be put back into undertaking conservation works at the Millennium Forest. This goes towards staff salaries, transport costs, material and equipment etc.

“Also stolen were a number of Ebony plants, the Ebony is endemic to St Helena Island and protected under the Environmental Protection Ordinance 2016 for which the maximum penalty is a fine of £50,000 or imprisonment for 12 months or both.”

If anyone has any information which may assist with this investigation, regardless of how minor it may seem, please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 or email:

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AppealForInformation

14 June 2019

St Helena Government (SHG) is aware of an incident in Pretoria today where three St Helenians accompanying medical referral patients were held at gunpoint while out shopping. The three persons were not harmed but some of their belongings were stolen. The persons are safe. They are receiving pastoral support and assistance from MSO and the South African Police are investigating the incident.

The Health Directorate has contacted the families of those affected to make them aware of events.

SHG recognises that people will be concerned following the news of this incident. SHG is liaising with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Pretoria for further security advice to help St Helenians stay safe whilst abroad.

This is an unfortunate incident which could have happened anywhere in the world. Whilst Pretoria is relatively safe and low-crime by South African standards, sadly criminals can operate anywhere at any time. Patients, their families and all persons overseas are reminded to be extra vigilant particularly in areas where recent crimes have taken place. Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight and only take with you what you need for the day. Where possible secure your valuables in your hotel room.

Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free, but sensible precautions should be taken to protect your safety.

For further advice visit the FCO’s travel advice online for general information on safety overseas:

 #StHelena /


13 June 2019

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) will host their Learning Opportunities Fair at the College on Wednesday, 26 June 2019, from 10am to 6pm.

The aim of the fair is to promote training opportunities which are available through the SHCC. The event will provide an opportunity to network and share experiences and will promote the importance of continuous education in developing the Island.

Tune in to your local radio stations tomorrow morning to find out more about the Learning Opportunities Fair.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #OpportunitiesForall #LearningOpportunitiesFair

13 June 2019

  • Limited number of air fares available at approximately £500 (9,077 ZAR) return from July to September 2019
  • Discounted fares apply to journeys that originate in either Johannesburg or St Helena
  • Discounts are offered by a number of Island accommodation providers during this time
  • Opportunity to visit St Helena for a minimum of 14-nights at discounted prices.

A ‘flash sale’ on a limited number of seats to St Helena in July, August and September 2019 will go on sale from tomorrow, Friday 14 June 2019. The sale, along with discounts offered by a number of accommodation providers on-Island, offers the chance for visitors to come to St Helena for a minimum 14-night stay at discounted prices.

There will be a limited number of adult return fares available at approximately £500 (9,077 ZAR) on a first-come, first-served basis for flights in July, August and September subject to ‘W class’ availability. Terms, Conditions and Fare Rules apply. Child and infant fares will be subject to standard fare reductions.

The discounted fares require a minimum of a 14-night stay, are non-refundable and non re-routable.  To qualify, the return journey must be completed by Saturday, 28 September 2019. These fares apply to the Johannesburg to St Helena route, and the St Helena to Johannesburg route.

Accommodation providers on St Helena offering discounts and other incentives include: the Blue Lantern, Consulate Hotel, Farm Lodge, Harkate Guest House, Mantis St Helena, Richards’ Travel Lodge, Somerville Flats and the Town House.  Please contact accommodation providers directly for more information.

Air fare bookings can be made online and through your local travel agent.

For those passengers resident on St Helena, ticket bookings can be made via Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency at the Malabar in Jamestown. Passengers can visit the Shipping & Travel Agency in person or contact them via email: or tel: 22523.

The air fare and accommodation discounts give visitors the chance to experience the wonders of St Helena Island, to re-connect with family and friends, and to enjoy the hospitality of the Saints.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #FlashSale #DiscountedAirFares #Airlink



13 June 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 18 June 2019.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Establishment of a new Special Fund – Internal Audit Service Special Fund

This paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of any ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:

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

The non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /


13 June 2019