The St Helena Sea Rescue Service carried out a Search & Rescue night exercise on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, approximately three nautical miles north of Rupert’s Bay (see photos attached).

Crews were split into two teams – one team played the role of a vessel in distress with a simulated casualty on-board while the other team responded to the call after receiving minimal information from the distressed vessel.

Navigation equipment such as RADAR and RDF (Radio Direction Finder) were used to locate the vessel. Once the vessel was found, the responding team did the necessary risk assessments and carried out casualty care and procedures to bring the vessel and crew back to safety. Other simulated emergencies were also added to the exercise for the teams to execute.

Deputy Sea Rescue Manager, Craig Scipio, said:

“This exercise was beneficial to all who took part. It continues to highlight the challenges and risks that rescue personnel would have to endure when dealing with incidents at sea in various conditions.” 

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15 May 2018

Arrangements to establish an airmail service via Airlink’s weekly flight between St Helena and Johannesburg continues.

The South African Post Office in Johannesburg has confirmed that mail received from the St Helena Post Office can be delivered to the required destinations.

The St Helena Post Office is corresponding with Airlink in Johannesburg to agree the arrangements for transferring mail to the Mail Centre at OR Tambo International Airport.

Until this work is concluded, the carriage of mail to and from St Helena will continue via the MV Helena and flights between St Helena and Ascension Island.

The public will be kept updated.

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15 May 2018

St Helena Airport and Airlink are pleased to announce that passengers travelling to and from St Helena will now be able to check-in online via a simple check-in form.

The new online flight check-in will allow passengers to check-in up to 24 hours before their flight departure time. This can be done by completing an online form via the Airlink website: https://www.flyairlink.com/ or the South African Airways website: https://www.flysaa.com/manage-fly/manage/check-in/on-line-check-in.

Passengers departing St Helena who have taken advantage of the new online check-in will need to do the following once they arrive at the Airport:

  1. Proceed to the bag drop desk and queue
  2. Present your travel documents and printed boarding pass to check-in staff
  3. Your bags will then be weighed and once verified, taken through for screening
  4. You will then be free to go through central search to departures

Accountable Manager & Head of Operations at St Helena Airport, Gwyneth Howell, said:

“St Helena is embracing travel technology. The main benefits of online check-in for travellers are choosing seat assignment ahead of time, bypassing lines to drop off your luggage or, if you have no luggage, you can proceed directly to the security checkpoint. Be wise, travel smart.”

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SHG
15 May 2018

NEW INFORMATION PAGE ON SHG WEBSITE

Waste Management Services (WMS), working with the SHG Press Office, have created a new section on the SHG Website dedicated to providing information and schedules for services provided by the Waste Management team.

Customers can now view the domestic/commercial waste collection schedule, find out about the services provided by WMS, read about some of their latest community initiatives and keep up-to-date with all WMS news, all via the SHG Website.

The main page, which has links to other information pages, can be found under the ‘About Us’ menu, under the sub-menu ‘Environment & Natural Resources’ or via the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/waste-management-services-wms/.

Environmental Risk Manager, Mike Durnford, said:

“Waste Management Services recognise that effective engagement with the Island community and all users of waste management services is crucial in delivering improved services and environmental sustainability in future years. The new WMS information webpage is designed to keep our customers informed about waste management on St Helena.

“The development of this webpage would not have been possible without input from all WMS staff, especially Waste Management Services’ Supervisor, Anthony Henry, and Landfill Manager, Patrick Crowie. I would also like to recognise the contribution of Senior Press Officer, Liam Yon, for the design of the page and constructive feedback.”

WMS are committed to ‘working in partnership with customers for a cleaner and greener St Helena’.

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15 May 2018

Two members of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Blue Belt Programme team, Joanna Stockill and Katie McPherson,  from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) arrived at St Helena on Saturday, 5 May 2018, to provide support in marine management, compliance and enforcement.

The Blue Belt Programme has been providing funding and expertise to support the long-term protection of over four million square kilometres of marine environment across seven UK Overseas Territories. The programme will provide support in improving the scientific understanding of the marine area, develop management strategies, advise on compliance and enforcement issues and help to develop Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

While on-Island, the team is:

  • Working with the Marine Division of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) to support on the implementation of the Marine Management Plan and the Marine Accreditation Scheme
  • Undertaking a marine emergency response review on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to determine what capability and assets are required to manage marine pollution incidents
  • Advising on licensing of activities such as marine tourism, sand extraction and waste water discharge into the marine area
  • Working with the relevant teams to understand the legislative process for MPA management and compliance and enforcement challenges
  • Carry out training on intelligence, notebook management and evidence gathering to support compliance and enforcement in the MPA
  • Look at the challenges of managing fisheries, especially IUU (illegal, unlicensed and unregulated) fishing and put in place protocols to make sure that illegal activity is recognised and responded to

The team has met with the ENRD Marine team, the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division team, St Helena Government officials, the Attorney General and legal team, Marine Tourism Operators and Director of Tourism, Blue Marine Foundation, Connect Saint Helena Ltd, the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPLNF) Representative, Harbour Master, Sea Rescue team and the Police and Immigration teams.

Head of Integrated Marine Management, Joanna Stockill, commented:

“Coming to St Helena has been an amazing experience and we feel privileged to be here. St Helena is surrounded by unique waters and it’s great to be able to continue to support the great work that is already going on to develop a well-managed Marine Protected Area.”

 Head of Compliance and Enforcement, Katie McPherson, concluded:

“We are really enjoying our time on St Helena. It is a beautiful Island and we have been made to feel really welcome. We would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to meet us while we have been here. We really appreciate it!”

Joanna and Katie will leave the Island on Saturday, 19 May 2018.

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SHG

15 May 2018

The Provisional Register of Electors was published on Thursday, 10 May 2018.

Eligible persons now have up until next Thursday, 24 May 2018, to make application to amend the Register.

Persons who are eligible to have their names entered in the Register may apply to amend the Provisional Register to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island or who might be ineligible for inclusion in the Register, change an address or electoral district in which he/she will be allowed to vote or correct any other error. 

Persons eligible to be registered must:

  • Have St Helenian Status as defined in the Immigration Ordinance, 2011
  • Be 17 years of age or older with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence

 There are some exceptions, such as mental incapacity or someone serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.

Spouses or life partners who do not have St Helenian Status whose names were included on the Register that was published in July 2017, will be protected by virtue of the transitional provision that was included in the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. This protection will remain in place until 30 June 2020 provided that the person concerned continues to comply with the other requirements of the Elections Ordinance.

The Register is available on the SHG website via the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government-gazettes/ (please scroll down to the Extraordinary Gazettes section).

Hard copies have also been placed at the following locations:

  • Customer Service Centre, Jamestown
  • Public Library, Jamestown
  • ENRD Offices, Scotland
  • Rural sub Post Offices

Copies are also held by the Assistant Registration Officer at the Castle, Jamestown, and by Assistant Registration Officers in the different electoral districts as follows:

St Paul’s

Alfreda Yon

Jackie Moyce

Jamestown

Alicia Thomas

Douglas Bennett

Robert Essex

Olive Williams

Alarm Forest

Jane Augustus

Brenda Thomas

Sandy Bay

Anita Legg

Phyllis Coleman

Half Tree Hollow

Michelle Yon

Karen Yon

Connie Johnson

Levelwood

Pamela Joshua

Ronald Coleman

Blue Hill

Stedson Francis

Elizabeth March

Georgina Young

Longwood

Christina Henry

Paula Moyce

The Assistant Registration Officer at the office of the Administrator, Ascension Island, will also hold a copy.

Applications using the prescribed form ‘A’ must be submitted to the Assistant Registration Officer, at the Castle by no later than 4pm on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Form ‘A’ is available on the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/ Copies are also available at the above locations.

Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Registration Officer, Gillian Francis, at the Castle on tel:  22470 or via email: gillian.francis@sainthelena.gov.sh

The final Register of Electors for the year commencing 1 July 2018 will be published in June.

If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in any Bye-Election or General Election.  It is therefore your responsibility to check the Provisional Register and to make application to have your name included if it is not already listed.

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14 May 2018

A new Chief Executive for Economic Development (CEED), Dr Dawn Cranswick (photo attached), has been appointed to succeed Dr Niall O’Keeffe who completes his four-year contract with Enterprise St Helena this month and leaves the Island in June.

Dawn will take up her post as the lead of Enterprise St Helena in mid-August on a two-year contract.

As the CEED, Dawn will work closely with the private sector, St Helena Government (SHG) and the Department for International Development (DFID) continuing the important work to bring about St Helena’s economic transformation now that St Helena Airport is open and operational. This includes attracting investment from Saint and international investors, promoting tourism, farming and fisheries development and to lead on major economic initiatives and support policy development. The CEED’s duties, through Enterprise St Helena, are also to help Saint businesses grow, to up-skill Saints, and to oversee the provision of micro-grants, loans and equity finance for local Saint businesses.

Dawn said:

“I’m very excited to have been appointed the new CEED. I first heard about enterprise work on St Helena some years ago and ever since then I’ve had a general interest in the Island, and the opportunities and challenges that developing enterprise within very small economies presents. 

“When I heard that the post of Chief Executive for Economic Development was becoming available, I knew I had to apply. I’ve spent over 25 years working in the enterprise field, from supporting individual entrepreneurs to get a business off the ground, and working with existing businesses on the challenges that growth can bring, through to working with some very large businesses to develop enterprise within their specific regions or sectors of interest.

“I know I’ve a huge amount to learn when I arrive, but I hope my experience in the enterprise sector is going to be a great match with St Helena.”

Dawn’s early jobs have been in sales and marketing for large private sector businesses (timber and steel). Dawn then joined Project North East (now PNE Group) and has worked in just about every section of the business from business support, delivering business advice, delivering training to business owners, and managers, undertaking research on new and growing economic sectors, developing and managing enterprise development programmes for some of the very large business that make up PNE’s customer base, and delivering consultancy assignments (e.g. feasibility studies, evaluations etc).  Since 2011, Dawn has also been Chief Executive of PNE Group, overseeing planning and operations, and with a seat on the Board.

Dawn and her husband come from a small seaside town called Whitley Bay in the north east of England. She is hoping to bring to the Island and Enterprise St Helena enthusiasm, a passion for enterprise, a keenness to learn and understand better the challenges and opportunities from local businesses and entrepreneurs, and a determination to help businesses and the Island achieve their ambitions.

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SHG

14 May 2018

The public is advised that the St Helena Archives will be closed on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, to enable staff to attend a Staff Development Day. 

Normal opening hours will resume from 8.30am on Thursday, 17 May 2018.

Corporate Support, including Corporate IT, at the Castle will also be unavailable on Wednesday due to staff participating in the same staff development activities. The Castle switchboard will operate as normal.

Any inconvenience caused is very much regretted.

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14 May 2018

On 1 May, Executive Council approved the Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2018-2028 (SEDP), and agreed that the Plan should now be taken forward for implementation.

The SEDP’s vision is to ‘achieve development which is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable by increasing standards of living and quality of life; not relying on aid payments from the UK in the longer term; whilst affording to maintain the Island’s infrastructure; achieve more money coming into St Helena than going out and sustain and improve St Helena’s natural resources for this generation and the next.’

The goals which will help achieve this vision are to:

  1. Increase Exports
  2. Substitute Imports
  3. Attract Visitors and Increase Tourism
  4. Mitigate impacts of inflation on the lowest income groups
  5. Improve Land Productivity
  6. Sustain and improve our Natural Capital
  7. Improve Infrastructure
  8. Develop, Maintain and Attract a Skilled Workforce
  9. Develop the Digital Economy
  10. Reduce Leakage of Income

Increasing exports and reducing imports is the key component in becoming economically sustainable. In 2016/17, remittances into the Bank of St Helena from abroad were £16 million, and remittances out from St Helena were £37 million. We need to have more money coming in than money going out of St Helena in order to become Altogether Wealthier.

In order for everyone to support this vision, we encourage consumers to buy local, retailers to supply local, and businesses who can export to export.

St Helena’s competitive advantages and disadvantages have been considered and in response to the SEDP public survey and consultation exercises, a list of SEDP sectors and opportunities for entrepreneurs have been outlined within the SEDP. The SEDP sectors which people said present export opportunities are tourism, fisheries, coffee, liquor, wines and beers, ship registry and sailing qualifications, honey and honey bees, film location, academia, research and conferences, satellite ground stations, work from home jobs and traditional products. The SEDP sectors which people said present opportunities to displace imports are agriculture, timber, bricks, blocks, minerals and rocks and bottled water.

The actions within the SEDP are designed to reduce barriers and risk within export and import substitution sectors. The actions have been allocated to relevant responsible parties within SHG and ESH and internal communications related to SEDP implementation will begin shortly. There will be six-monthly updates on action progress, which will be published alongside the Ten Year Plan progress reports on the Publications page of the SHG website and made available in the Public Library, Jamestown.

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

“Key to the success of this plan will be to ensure that the key sectors that can increase exports are supported. For example, we have a huge competitive advantage on fishing but it lacks investment.  Farming is another of our advantages, therefore we need to grow more and buy more locally and again we need to work with both our farmers and retailers to get the best benefits from this. 

“This SEDP sets out how we will do this, we have joined up our thinking, we have a clearer vision, we have allocated actions in both SHG and ESH and we have a regular reporting mechanism. Two things are important in going forward if this plan is to work – that is we must work more closely with our farmers and fishermen and importantly we cannot do this on our own we need the support of our partners in DFID.

“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our Economist, Nicole Shamier, she has been the driving force behind this Plan and I would like to thank her for all the hard work she has put into bringing the Plan together and to you the public for your input. We need to own this Plan if it is to be a success.”

Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, added:

“This Plan is an accumulation of all of the public’s brilliant business ideas, after having researched their possibilities and the actions needed to make the possible probable. There are so many opportunities here. The ability for St Helena to produce ‘high quality low output’ products such as premium coffee and premium tuna are driven by St Helena’s abundance of natural resources and geography. St Helena’s remote location will attract satellite ground station providers. And because of its natural resources, heritage and history, St Helena has so much to offer for researchers, for adventure travellers and for yachties.

“St Helena’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan was effectively written by the public and business representatives and on behalf of the Economic Development Committee, St Helena Government and Enterprise St Helena, I’d like to thank everyone who gave us their ideas both throughout the conception stage and consultation stage.”

The Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2018-2028 is available via: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/ A copy is also available in the Public Library.

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14 May 2018

Unplanned events at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg this morning have caused a slight delay in the flight to St Helena.

Three passengers did not present themselves to the Boarding Gate on time and as a result were not able to travel on today’s flight.

Today’s events have caused a minor delay to the flight schedule. All passengers are therefore requested to strictly adhere to check-in and boarding times to avoid circumstances like these.

Passengers are reminded that OR Tambo International is a large sprawling airport and help can be arranged to assist passengers transiting the airport. Passengers arriving or departing Johannesburg requiring extra time to board, who cannot walk long distances, or are in need of assistance can make suitable arrangements through Airlink on tel: +27114517350. The same arrangements can be made for St Helena Airport if required.

SHG
12 May 2018