Data on Population, including total population and arrivals and departures up to August 2018 have been released on September 25, 2018: Population.

Additional statistical series and indicators are available on the Statistics Data page, and published statistical reports, including Statistical Bulletins, can be found on the Statistics Reports and Publications page.

We welcome comments and suggestions on any of the statistics published by the Statistics Office. Please email:, call tel: 22138, or visit the office in person on the second floor of the Castle, Jamestown.

The following is a public announcement from the Roads Section:

The Roads Section would like to advise the public that remedial works on the roadway near the zebra pedestrian crossing in Market Street, Jamestown, will be carried out between 8am and 12noon on Sunday, 7 October 2018.

Market Street will remain open while works are carried out. Drivers and pedestrians are asked to comply with road safety signage and to approach this area with caution.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation.

3 October 2018

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office invites nominations for the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Persons wishing to submit nominations for the 2019 Birthday Honours are reminded that the overriding principle is that honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or any service recently carried out over and above what normally is expected. Where possible, nominations should place emphasis on voluntary services.

It should also be noted that age is not a factor in awarding honours and younger members of the community who have made an outstanding contribution or have given exceptional service, should not be overlooked.  It is important that nominations are kept confidential and that nominees are not made aware that they are being proposed for award of an Honour.

Nomination forms are available from Corporate Services at the Castle and can also be requested by e-mail from Miss Linda Benjamin, via:

Completed forms should be returned to the Executive Secretary, Honours Committee, in a sealed envelope, marked ‘Confidential’, by Friday, 2 November 2018.

#StHelena #BirthdayHonours #FCO #NominationsInvited


3 October 2018


The monthly meetings of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) and the Highways Authority were held on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

Parking and traffic calming issues throughout Jamestown are continuously raised with the Committee. Proposals for additional parking in Upper Jamestown are now with the Planning Office for consideration.

The taxi parks behind the Canister were discussed. Approval was given for three parks to be reserved for 24-hour parking, whilst other taxi parks will be time restricted to enable wider use by the public. This arrangement will be continuously monitored.

The Chairman reported that the three month trial-period for the pedestrian crossing near The Canister had elapsed. Members noted that the crossing has worked well and had been accepted by the public, although there have been some minor hiccups. There were no adverse comments from the general public, although there is some concern about the narrow pavement adjacent to the buildings. Members agreed to do further publicity aimed at vehicle users and pedestrians on how the crossing should be used.

The Committee discussed and approved a request from Solomon’s for their Greenland’s Store, following advice from the SHG Fire Inspector. Approval was given to paint a ‘Keep Clear’ sign outside the Napoleon Street exit and to place ‘Keep Access Clear at all Times’ on the doors. The Fire Service also advised that a 3ft walkway is required by law for emergency exit; therefore parks in Henry’s car park will be re-aligned to enable removable bollards to be installed to maintain access to the double doors.

Street lighting in Napoleon Street was discussed and it was reported that there is a problem with the underground electrical cable supplying these lights. The Roads Manager is in discussion with Connect St Helena. He reported that consideration might be given to installing solar lighting.

Approval was given to the Environmental Risk Manager to erect a direction sign for the Horse Point Landfill Site (HPLS). This sign will be placed near the junction to the Millennium Forest and HPLS.

Safety concerns about the Jamestown Run were discussed, especially in light of the most recent rains and the increased water flow in The Run. The directorate had made the public aware that The Run had become a prohibited area until further notice.

The Chief Environmental Officer, assisted by the Nurseries Officer, gave an update on the Plant Propagation Policy. It was noted that some parts of the Policy needed refreshing in light of current work being done on our endemic plants. The Chief Environmental Officer gave an update on the ‘Namibian Ice plant,’ an invasive species believed to have been introduced to the Island in river and dune sand imported by Basil Read during Airport construction. Although the sand had been fumigated, some seeds had survived. Over the last two years large numbers have been discovered on Prosperous Bay Plain and have subsequently been destroyed.

Members were informed that a location for a new Laboratory to support the Marine Protected Areas and the Blue Belt programme has now been identified. The Laboratory will be situated in the freight terminal and the space will be shared with the St Helena National Trust and Blue Marine.

The Environmental Risk Manager presented a draft Press Release, a draft letter for businesses, and a calculation sheet, for the potential cost recovery of charging for the collection of waste with only the first 240litre domestic bin per week being collected free of charge. Members felt this will incite the general public to look at managing and reducing their waste and businesses might reconsider their imports and types of packaging for the same reason. This will also incentivise the public and businesses to rethink and recycle in order to extend the life of the HPLS. This was approved and it was agreed that the commencement date should be 1 January 2019, giving the public and businesses adequate time to be informed and to make adjustments to the amount and type of waste they wish to dispose of.

#StHelena #ENRC #HighwaysAuthority #MeetingSummary

3 October 2018


The monthly meeting of the Education Committee was held on Wednesday, 19 September 2018.

The Committee were introduced to the new Math Advisory Teachers, Mr Charles Derick Bower and Mr Rex Andrew Pondsford. Both teachers shared their extensive experiences gained across many countries including Malaysia, Canada, Dominica, Nigeria, Botswana, China and the UK.

Dr Julia Cave Smith was also introduced having taken up a local post as an English teacher. She shared her work experiences across many continents, which involved teaching, teacher training, consulting for the British Council, and various charity work.

Likely demands for scholarship funding in 2019-2022 was presented and it was requested to consider future funding requirements for overseas scholarships. It was noted that the establishment of the Scholarship Trust would impact greatly on the planning of future funding requirements and it was agreed that the matter would be revisited during the budgeting process.

Members were presented and requested to consider the proposed guidance for funding degree level and PGCE study by prospective or serving teachers. The Committee noted some amendments to the document and requested further work in considering an appeals process for this purpose.

The Director presented the Committee with the Primary School Assessment Results for the School Year 2017/18.

The performance and progress achieved by the students in Key Stage 2 (Year 6) over the 2017/18 school year is reflected using the metric of ‘Age Related Expectations’ in line with the English National Curriculum which was introduced in St Helena Schools in 2016. For the first time this year all end-of-year testing was conducted in each of the primary schools and all tests were administered by the Assistant Director of Schools. The report highlighted rising scores in English and Mathematics across the primary sector. The Open Report reflecting the detailed results has been made available on the SHG website via:

The Head Teacher of Prince Andrew School presented the Secondary Results for the School Year 2017/18.

Among this year’s achievements was the first group of students being examined in the WJEC Level1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering. The report also noted a dramatic improvement in Science results.

The report reflecting details of secondary attainment (GCSE) as well as A Level Results is also available on the SHG website via the aforementioned link.

Finally, the Committee was provided with an update on the apprenticeship budget and were pleased that applications had been received with interest in training across various sectors including Hospitality, Health, IT and Finance.

#StHelena #EducationCommittee #MeetingSummary

3 October 2018

Please be advised that St Helena Airport is temporarily closed in accordance with standard regulatory procedure as the Aerodrome Certificate previously held by Basil Read Ltd has been rescinded by ASSI (Air Safety Support International) since Basil Read Ltd are no longer contracted to operate the Airport.

SHG is in the process of activating contingency arrangements. Our priority today must be to inform our staff, suppliers and subcontractors as regrettably we are aware that this information has not reached them through normal communication channels.  We would encourage all St Helena Airport Project (whether operational or construction phase) staff, suppliers and subcontractors to attend a meeting to be held at Kingshurst Community Centre at 5pm today.

SHG is using all best endeavours to resume normal operations.  Regulatory arrangements are already in place so that should a medevac flight be required during the course of this week, the flight could operate as normal.

An update to the general public will follow on Wednesday morning.

Airport Directorate

2 October 2018

The St Helena Government (SHG) notes with regret that ongoing negotiations between SHG and Basil Read’s business rescue practitioners with regard to Basil Read’s continuing role with St Helena Airport have not been successful.  SHG has terminated the contract under which Basil Read have been operating St Helena Airport. The termination is effective as of today, Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

St Helena Airport is critical to St Helena, its people and the economic future of the Island.

DFID will continue to provide funding and support to ensure that the Airport remains open and operational. To this end and as part of SHG and DFID’s contingency plans, a new company, St Helena Airport Ltd, has been set up to assume responsibility for the operation of the airport and to maintain the St Helena Aerodrome Certificate.

Subject to some conditions, which will be met, the Regulator, Air Safety Support International (ASSI), has agreed that the Aerodrome Certificate can be transferred over to the new company without the Airport having to be recertified. 

It is intended that all of the current operational arrangements at St Helena Airport will continue.

SHG will be the principal party in St Helena Airport Ltd. The company will be limited by guarantee, using existing funding support from DFID. In the initial stages of establishing the Company, the Airport Contracts Manager, Deputy Financial Secretary and Airport Director are to serve as its directors. This is an interim arrangement until the Board of the Company is fully established over the coming weeks.

Contingency plans for the remaining construction work under the Airport Project will be implemented. Further discussions are taking place with critical staff, suppliers and sub-contractors.

During this difficult time we would like to thank the affected staff, suppliers and subcontractors for their continued support.


2 October 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the Airport Directorate:

The Airport Directorate would like to advise that, due to circumstances beyond their control, the Airport Operations Roadshows for the rest of this week will be cancelled and will be re-scheduled for later dates in the near future.

They apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience that these cancellations may cause.

2 October 2018


The following is a Public Announcement from the St Helena Police Directorate:

St Helena Police will be carrying out firearms training at the Police range at Cox’s Battery on Thursday, 4 October 2018, from 9am to 12pm.

Red flags, signs, and barriers will be in place. Walkers in the Cox’s Battery area should not approach the range area as live firing will be in progress.

For further information, please contact Support Officer – Firearms and Procurement, Garry Henry, on tel: 22626 or 62441 or via email:

2 October 2018