• Island water storage is at just 26 days
  • Daily consumption rises slightly to above 1,100,000 litres
  • No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

The Island’s water stocks remain dangerously low, with water storage for St Helena down to just 26 days. With no recent substantial rainfall and daily consumption levels rising slightly to just over 1,100,000 litres of water, the Island’s water situation remains serious.

Again, it is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week with predictions at just 0.5mm of rain Island-wide. This in turn means that there will be no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs.

Harpers Reservoir One

Harpers Reservoir One has run dry and is currently empty.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we all continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Remember we are currently under a hosepipe ban with Connect Saint Helena (CSH) having enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

In the interim, Connect St Helena are continuing to pump from Chubb’s Spring, and are also continuing to pump water from Hutt’s Gate to Red Hill at a rate of 200,000 litres per day. The relining of Levelwood Reservoir is complete with the hope that water will begin to catch here soon.

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are continually urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are also urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

#StHelena #WaterShortage #EveryDropCounts  



St Helena Resilience Forum

23 July 2019


In accordance with Section 15(3) of the Immigration Ordinance, 2011, the following persons have been granted St Helenian Status with effect from:

26 June 2019

  • Mr Paul John Cherrett of La Carolita, Sea View, Alarm Forest
  • Mrs Samantha Claire Cherrett of La Carolita, Sea View, Alarm Forest
  • Dr Carlos Humberto Soto Canova of Maldivia House, Jamestown
  • Mrs Heidemarie Del Rosario Hamm Soria of Maldivia House, Jamestown
  • Mr Luis Pedro Soto Canova of Maldivia House, Jamestown

#StHelena #SaintStatus #ImmigrationOrdinance




23 July 2019

The following is a public announcement from the St Helena Public Accounts Committee:

A formal session of the St Helena Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will take place at 1.30pm in the Council Chamber on Monday, 29 July 2019.

The programme of business will focus on the 2017/18 Financial Statements of the Saint Helena National Trust.

Members of the public and interested persons are invited to attend.

The meeting will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1. 


23 July 2019



As part of St Helena Government’s (SHG) Internet Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet and to promote safety when online, this week the focus is on staying safe on Social Media.

Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have become an integral part of online lives. Social Media is a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about the dangers that exist when engaging in any social networking online.

Everyday cybercriminals such as hackers, identity thieves, and scammers, use Social Media to retrieve personal data and information, or send out links that will allow them to hack into personal accounts, from which they can continue to carry out their cybercrimes.

Cyberbullies are also a threat on Social Media where they use your personal information or something which you have posted to purposefully cause hurt. They can also create fake accounts using photos and information from your account.

To get the best out of Social Media and to help avoid some of the dangers it presents, try following these tips:

  • Make use of privacy and security settings – Privacy and security settings are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way
  • Once posted, always posted – What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or future employers to see. Protect your reputation on social networks
  • Keep personal information personal – Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on Social Media. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information
  • Be honest if you’re uncomfortable – If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or seems inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes them uncomfortable
  • Keep security software current – Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system is the best defence against viruses, malware and other online threats
  • When in doubt, throw it out – Links in messages, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it

Remember these tips next time you are online and share them with friends and family, especially children with access to the internet, to ensure that you and the people you care about are staying safe on Social Media.

#StHelena #StayingSafeOnline #StayingSafeOnSocialMedia


22 July 2019

Several statistical updates have been released on July 19, 2019 as follows:

Benefits, up to June 2019

Exchange rates, up to June 2019

Construction, up to Quarter 2 2019

Utilities, up to Quarter 2 2019

Climate, up to June 2019

External Trade, up to Quarter 1 2019

Additional statistical series and indicators are available at  http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-data, and published statistical reports, including Statistical Bulletins, can be found on the statistics reports and publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-reports-and-publications.

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

Alexia Lawrence of St Pauls has recently graduated having achieved a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science at Kingston University London in the UK.

Alexia said:

“Overall, it has been an incredible experience. It was by no means easy, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my studies and am proud to be a Kingston University Graduate.”

The Biomedical Science Degree comprised of 16 modules assessed by a combination of assignments, presentations, and practical and written examinations. Alexia’s key areas of study included Molecular Biology, Medical Physiology, Infection and Immunity, Pathobiology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology.

She commented:

“The Degree course was incredibly intense and challenging and required an immense amount of commitment and long periods of study.”

In her final year, Alexia studied specialist modules covering both the theoretical and practical aspects of the major branches of Biomedical Science. It included clinical case studies used to provide an understanding of biomedical techniques and their applications in clinical diagnosis, prognosis, and patient management, including drug interactions and the basis of individual variation in drug responsiveness.

The modules also covered integrating diagnostic procedures and the key role that laboratory investigations play in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases in areas such as renal disease, diabetes, anaemia, cancers and infectious diseases.

Alexia graduated on Thursday, 18 July 2019, having successfully achieved her Degree. Alexia was also awarded the prestigious Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) President’s Prize for outstanding achievement in a Biomedical Science Honours Degree. In addition, Alexia also received two Kingston University Dean’s prizes for consistent good performances and for the best performance on the degree.

She concluded:

““This course has been immensely challenging. It called for total commitment, diligence and sheer hard work which I was fully prepared to do. I am thrilled to have achieved my First Class Honours and consider it an absolute honour to be awarded the President’s prize for outstanding achievement as well as the two Dean’s prizes.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kingston University. The entire experience has enlightened, inspired, and enriched my knowledge immeasurably. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my tutors, for whom I have the deepest respect, my family, my partner, and the UK Reps Office in London, for their unerring support; and the St Helena Government for sponsoring my studies.

“For all our islanders, who aspire to achieving greater knowledge and understanding whether through academic study or work experience, you can do it. In the words of Milton Berle ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door’ and you will accomplish your goals.”  

Alexia will now continue her training as she begins a work placement at South West London Pathology, working towards completion of the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. This will allow Alexia to gain the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration and return to the St Helena Health Directorate as a fully UK qualified and registered Biomedical Scientist.

#StHelena #Student #KingstonUniversityLondon #FirstClassHonours #BiomedicalScience



22 July 2019

Pilling Primary School Teacher, Tara Caswell, and former Prince Andrew School High Level Teaching Assistant, Roberta Thomas, have both achieved the Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching & Learning with distinction.

This follows the recent success of other teaching staff within the Education Directorate.

Programme Leader for the course and Teacher Training Advisor, Garry Cameron, said:

“I am delighted for both Tara and Roberta for achieving distinctions – very well done!  This is a huge achievement and shows what can be done when you put your mind to it. This will provide encouragement for the next group of colleagues starting the Certificate study next session.”

The award, which is at Level 4 on the Higher Education Qualifications Framework, is a demanding course and requires significant academic knowledge and skills as well as high levels of critical thinking and reflection.

Tara said on her achievement:

“I am feeling really happy and pleased with my results. It was hard work having to do this assignment alongside full-time teaching, however it was well worth it in the end. I would especially like to thank Mr Garry Cameron and Mrs Wendy Benjamin for their support and guidance throughout the course.”

Roberta Thomas (currently in the UK) commented:

“This was an amazing course to be enrolled on. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication and is especially challenging on top of a full time job as a High Level Teaching Assistant.

“When I had confirmation that I achieved a distinction I was over the moon. This was amazing, like music to my ears, and it was then I realised that hard work does pay off. I would like to thank Mr Gary Cameron and the staff at PAS for supporting me along the way.”

#StHelena #Education #Achievements


22 July 2019

The three primary schools – Harford, Pilling and St Paul’s – will be hosting their annual Open Days.

Each school will start the day with their Entertainment & Prize Presentation for parents, guardians and invited guests.

Following this, the schools will be open to the public at the following times:

School Date Time
Harford Primary School Tuesday, 30 July 12.00pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 5.30pm
St Paul’s Primary School Wednesday, 31 July 1.30pm – 3pm and 4pm -6pm
Pilling Primary School Thursday, 1 August 11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 2.45pm and 7pm – 9pm

All are encouraged to attend the Open Days to see the primary schools in action and to view the children’s work.

#StHelena #Education #PrimarySchools #OpenDays



22 July 2019



On Saturday 20 July 2019, the Airlink crew reported a suspicious substance had been found on-board flight SA8131 inbound to St Helena.

As a result, staff from St Helena Airport Limited (SHAL) along with representatives from St Helena Government Police and Customs proceeded to implement standard protocols for aircraft and passenger search.  This caused a delay to the disembarkation and arrivals processes for passengers arriving at St Helena Airport.

The travelling public are reminded that St Helena and Airlink have a zero tolerance policy towards the use or transportation of any banned substances, and that all measures are in place to offer a robust response to actual or potential incidents.

Any inconvenience caused to the travelling public is regretted but the safety of passengers and crew remains paramount.

St Helena Airport Limited, 20 July 2019

St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to announce that it has issued a letter of intent to connect St Helena to the Equiano subsea cable project. This will provide the first fibre optic connectivity from St Helena to the outside world through both Europe and South Africa.

On 28 June 2019, Executive Council made the decision to proceed after assessment of the benefits of this project in comparison with other options. Connecting to Equiano meets SHG’s timing and budgetary requirements for the European Development Fund and supports the Digital ICT Strategy for St Helena.

Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Councillor Lawson Henry, said:

“This is an historic moment. A truly transformational project for St Helena. When you consider the start of commercial air services just under two years ago, it is incredible that in 2021 we will look back and think how far St Helena has come in just a handful of years. In a world with international fibre connectivity, imagine streaming videos in our classrooms, telemedicine services in our hospital, and entrepreneurs developing digital businesses from the comfort of their own home. Our next challenge once the cable is landed is to ensure that it is affordable to everyone on St Helena.”

SHG’s Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, added:

“We are pleased to work with Equiano on such an important project for St Helena. The cable has the potential to transform life on our Island and should create new opportunities to stimulate sustainable social and economic development. It is important that everyone is able to benefit from what improved connectivity and accessibility will bring. After all, that is one of the key conditions underlying the EU funding for this project.”

The spur between the main trunk of the Equiano cable and the Island will be 1140km long. The target is to deliver broadband to St Helena as early as August 2021, providing the cable laying and associated works to start the service proceed on time. The marine survey of the Equiano cable route is in progress, so we should expect to see a survey ship in the vicinity of St Helena possibly in August 2019.

This cable will be capable of providing the Island with scalable connectivity, ranging from a few hundred gigabits per second up to multiple terabits as demand varies. On this basis it allows for the most cost effective growth of bandwidth needs for the Island.

In order to prepare for the arrival of the fibre optic cable, the St Helena Community College has developed a list of available IT courses for those who wish to make the most out of the enhanced connectivity. For more information contact Angela Benjamin on tel: 22607 or email: angela.benjamin@sainthelena.gov.sh.

Furthermore, if you would like to tell us what the cable could mean for you, please fill in our online questionnaire at www.bit.ly/sthelenacable

Notes to Editors

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in October 2017 with South Atlantic Express (SAEx) will still stand to allow SHG the option of landing a second cable should this be desirable in the future. It also remains of considerable interest for a possible connection to Ascension Island.

#DigitalStrategy #FibreOpticCable #SEDP


19 July 2019