The submission deadline for competition entries to name the seamount that was mapped in St Helena waters by the research vessel James Clark Ross has been extended until 12 noon on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

This is your opportunity to tell us what the seamount should be named and why. The winning entry will be announced on Monday, 11 February, and the winner will receive a tour of the Discovery vessel when she arrives at St Helena in April 2019.

Look out for adverts in the local newspapers where you will find the guidelines for naming a seamount and a ‘cut out’ slip to submit your entries. The advert is also attached to this release and printouts are available from the Tourist Office at the Canister. Entries should be submitted to the Tourist Office by 12 noon on Sunday, 10 February.

Due to interest from overseas, the competition is also running on Social Media. Overseas participants will be asked to nominate someone on the Island to receive the prize if their entry wins.

Competition – Name that Seamount

#StHelena #StHelenaTourism #NameThatSeamount #JamesClarkRoss #Discovery


4 February 2019








St Helena Government (SHG) has commissioned the services of Marsh Ltd, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, to undertake a review of the current insurance provision on St Helena.  The review covers both SHG’s current policy of self-insurance for the majority of its business as well as the insurance provision that is generally available to the general public and the private sector on St Helena.

The review, which was initiated by Elected Members, commenced in January.   Whilst most of the work will be undertaken remotely, a member of the Marsh review team, Graham Aykroyd, was on-Island between 28 January and 2 February 2019.   During his time here, Graham met with stakeholders both within the public and private sectors.

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

“With the opening up of St Helena to commercial flights, the Economic Development Committee and private sector has been very much aware of the potential increased risk in terms of public liability and the importance for small businesses to be protected.  With just one insurance operator on-Island, councillors wanted a review of what is available and to benchmark and compare our service provision with other insurance companies in other overseas territories.”

Marsh Ltd will report back to SHG with recommendations and options by the end of March 2019.

#StHelena #InsuranceProvisionReview #MarshLtd

4 February 2019



These works were essential due to the deteriorating state of the yard arm and top section of the mast’s flagpole, which had been brought to the attention of the Emergency Planning Department by the tenant of Signal House. As a result, the yard arm and top flagpole sections of the mast were safely removed.
Sections of the Signal House mast at Ladder Hill were dismantled by the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service and the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) between 10 and 16 January 2019

The ENRD technical team have now carried out an initial inspection and assessment of the flagpole. The next step is to remove the paint from the lower pole and repaint. A more detailed assessment will be carried out of the top section of the pole to determine the extent of the wear. It is anticipated that this work will commence during the week beginning 11 February, by the ENRD yards team, and is estimated to take up to three weeks to complete.

The yard arm section of the mast is beyond repair and will have to be replaced. This will either have to be using a wooden replacement or replaced with a non-wooden alternative.  A decision will be made as to whether the flagpole is reinstated after repair or after the yard arm has been procured (from offshore).

Notes to Editors:

According to the manufacturers stamp, the mast was originally manufactured in 1853. The original purpose of the mast was to fly various different coded flags, which would convey messages to ships anchored in or passing James Bay. However, with the introduction of ship-to-shore radio, this purpose became redundant, although it is still used on ceremonial occasions.

Following discussions with various stakeholders, it has been determined that Signal House and mast are not currently listed landmarks, although they are a significant part of the history of the port of Jamestown and its fortifications.

#StHelena #ENRD #SignalHouseMast #LadderHill


4 February 2019




St Helena Airport and Airlink are pleased to announce that Saturday flights for December 2019 and the initial Saturday flights for January 2020 have now been loaded onto the SAA booking system and are available to travelers.  Further flights will be added automatically on a week by week basis.

Tickets are available online via the Airlink website at: and through all IATA travel agents.

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.

Whilst SHG and Airlink announced the additional midweek flights for 2019/2020 in December 2018, at present these flights are not available on the booking system. This is amid ongoing discussions around the possibility of the midweek flight originating in Cape Town during the peak period.

Further information on these midweek flights will be published when flights and flight dates have been finalised, and when tickets will become available for purchase.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #Airlink #Flights #FlightBookings

1 February 2019

Prince Andrew School (PAS) Teacher, Gareth Drabble (see photo attached), has achieved the International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) specialising in Computing. This is a Masters level award accredited by the University of East London.

Gareth undertook study of the course from January 2018 to January 2019, carrying out all work, reading, and reflection, alongside his duties as a full-time teacher at PAS. Feedback from examiners stated that Gareth’s final research project was at an extremely high standard, having achieved 86%, and will be used as an exemplar for future students studying the iPGCE.

Gareth said:

“I am extremely pleased and relieved with the news that I have officially passed my iPGCE, specialising in Computing. Gaining an international teaching qualification in my area of study was something I aimed for from the outset of my initial teacher training. This qualification will enable me to teach in many different countries around the world, and has therefore opened up many possibilities for me. It will also now open up the opportunity for many other teachers on St Helena who wish to be internationally qualified.”

This distance learning programme was delivered with support, advice, and guidance from Teacher Training Advisor, Garry Cameron, and PAS Advisory Teacher, Frazer Stone. The success of any distance learning qualification depends on the quality of support available from programme coordinators and academic & subject mentors.

Garry said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Gareth working full-time and studying for the award at Masters level. We are delighted for him. I trust he will enjoy a break from study as he deserves it after all the hard work. St Helena is very proud of Gareth achieving at this level and the excellent examiner’s comments should emphasise what he has achieved. I would also like to thank Frazer Stone sincerely for his subject expertise. This was most certainly a team approach.”

Frazer added:

“We are all extremely proud of Gareth’s achievement. The progress he has made over the past year is exceptional. It has been a pleasure to mentor Gareth through iPGCE qualification and we can only hope that he will be the first of many to take advantage of this new opportunity available to our Island. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Garry Cameron for his support with the very challenging written elements of the assessment. I am sure Gareth would agree that Garry’s insight into writing at Postgraduate level was the difference between a basic pass and the excellent grades Gareth achieved.”

The gaining of this award is both a personal achievement for Gareth and also for teacher training on St Helena. It demonstrates that this level of award can be delivered on-Island with the correct support structure in place.

Gareth concluded:

“I would like to thank Garry Cameron and Frazer Stone for their guidance and support throughout the entirety of the course. Their knowledge and experience was crucial in helping me gain this qualification. I also thank God who in the words of Matthew McConaughey has ‘…graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand’.”

#StHelena #Education #iPCGE #Computing #DistanceLearning #SaintSuccess

1 February 2019

A group of staff from the St Helena Police Directorate have successfully passed a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) course, delivered by Fingerprint Expert & Crime Scene Investigator, John Ayres, who recently visited St Helena from the UK.

The course was delivered to a range of students from within the Police Directorate, including officers from the St Helena Police, Fire & Rescue, and also Immigration. In addition, Sergeant Michelle Thomas-Lawrence has been trained by John to be able to deliver this training course to future students.

John said:

“Originally trained at New Scotland Yard as a fingerprint expert and crime scene investigator 27 years ago, I have worked the last ten years on CSI projects all around the world, including my first visit to St Helena in 2012. The aim of this course was to give basic CSI skills to a group of officers so they may attend crime scenes and collect forensic evidence professionally and with integrity.”

The ability to recognise and preserve evidence at the scene of a crime is crucial to identifying a suspect and ensuring a conviction. Whilst CSI is mostly associated with murder, it is also important in other offences like burglary, road traffic collisions, thefts, criminal damage, and arson to name a few.

This specialist training has ensured that the Police Directorate has the skills necessary to preserve and recover evidence when investigating serious offences, as well as during their everyday work.

This course is another aspect of the Police Directorate’s continuing drive to upskill and develop officers to provide an improved service to the public.

#StHelena #PoliceDirectorate #CSITraining #AltogetherSafer

1 February 2019

In response to the Saint Helena Audit Service Performance Audit Reports and the Legislative Council Resolution, the St Helena Government has commissioned a full review of the utilities service provision by Connect Saint Helena Ltd.

The review will focus on a number of areas including:

  • The level of efficiency and productivity in terms of reducing operating costs and improving services
  • The progress made towards the elimination of the SHG operating subsidy and publicly funded capital investment during the ten year licence period
  • Whether continuous improvement is being delivered to consumers in terms of service performance and cost efficiency including identifying specific cost reduction measures or operational efficiencies which could be made in the future

The review will also consider and report on the impacts of the renewable energy project on the cost, service provision, and business as a whole.

SHG has procured the services of ‘BDO International Projects Group’ and a review team of two, headed by Malcolm Summerfield, will be arriving on Island tomorrow, Saturday, 2 February 2019.

Malcolm is a world renowned economist and specialist in small Island states. He has extensive experience in utilities pricing and analysis as well as regulation and performance. He is also familiar with the utilities sector in St Helena having previously worked on a utilities pricing review for SHG in 2011 and 2013.

The terms of reference for the review can be found on the Publications page of the SHG website via:

#StHelena #UtilitiesServiceProvisionReview #BDOInternationalProjectsGroup

1 February 2019

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

23 January 2019

  • Mr Sheldon Lawrence Grobler of No 109 Cottage, Cardinal Drive, Half Tree Hollow
  • Miss Tracy Lee Thomas of Brick House, Jamestown
  • Miss Taylor Maxine Thomas of Brick House, Jamestown
  • Miss Ziara Lee Thomas of Brick House, Jamestown

#StHelena #SaintStatus #ImmigrationOrdinance


1 February 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 10am in the Council Chamber on Monday, 4 February 2019.

The programme of business will focus on Sessional Paper 46/18 – Government of St Helena, Statement of Expenditure in Excess, Financial Year 2017/2018.

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

 The meeting will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1. 


31 January 2019

St Helena Government (SHG) has been ‘Smoke-Free’ since 1 July 2018.

This means that staff and members of the public are not able to smoke anywhere on any SHG site. The ‘Smoke-Free Government’ policy is one part of efforts to create a new non-smoking ‘norm’ in the community, with government sites and staff members at work setting an example and creating public spaces where smoking is not part of the usual way of things.

The public is reminded of the below government areas that do not allow smoking on site:

All outside areas of SHG sites

Staff and members of the public are not able to smoke anywhere on any SHG site, including areas such as car parks and terraces. The car parks which come under the policy are those that are attached to or within the premises of an SHG Office or building that provides a public service i.e. the General Hospital. ‘No Smoking’ signage is in place in all areas affected.

If people wish to smoke they are requested to please smoke off site and away from the front of premises, to continue to support us in setting a smoke-free ‘norm’ for our community and our young people in particular.

The policy also provides greater protection for all staff and visitors from second-hand smoke, which is a health risk in outdoor areas as well as indoors.

Users of Francis Plain

The ‘Smoke-Free Government’ policy also applies to Francis Plain, this already happens on School Sports Days when a ‘no smoking’ policy has previously been in place. The area is used by many young people and families who attend to enjoy playing and watching sport. If you smoke and are using or attending events at Francis Plain, please smoke before or after you reach the area. We want to continue to show our children and young people a smoke-free example.

Notes to Editor:

The ‘Smoke-Free Government’ initiative forms part of the Health Promotion Strategic Framework (HPSF) which aims to reduce the illness, disability and early deaths in St Helena’s community due to type two diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers. Smoking and being overweight or obese are the two main preventable causes of all these conditions and the HPSF includes a range of measures to help the community reduce these issues.

#StHelena #SHG #SmokeFree #HealthPromotion #HealthDirectorate #AltogetherHealthier #AltogetherBetterForChildren&YoungPeople


29 January 2019