The Highways Authority has given approval for the road to be closed at the Back Way (next to Mr Arthur Osborne’s residence) to Sapper Way from 9am on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, to Thursday, 9 November 2017. This is to enable Connect Saint Helena Ltd to re-position existing manholes, and for the Roads Section to resurface the area around the manholes.

Diversion signs will be in place and as normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

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

#StHelena #RoadClosure


1 November 2017

Executive Council met today with only one item on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and approved the membership of the Electronic Communication Consultative Committee (ECCC) as follows:

The telecommunications licence granted to 20 June 2022 allows for an Electronic Communication Consultative Committee. The committee is made up of five members, three appointed by Governor in Council. The two remaining members are appointed by the licensee (Sure SA Ltd). 

The current chair of the ECCC, Dax Richards, is appointed in his capacity as Financial Secretary.

The Secretary, Thomas Holvey, who was previously the Socio-Economist and is now Policy Advisor, is appointed in that capacity.

The third member, Christine Cooper, is Crown Counsel and is appointed as the nominee of the Attorney General.

Under ‘Any Other Business’, Council recognised the current difficulties being experienced by Airlink in the provision of its service to and from Cape Town, and acknowledged that there was a great deal of work going on to rectify the issues with the appropriate regulatory authorities.  Council also recognised the contingency arrangements put in place to enable passengers to travel from Cape Town but looked forward to a satisfactory conclusion to the negotiations between the Namibian and South African Authorities.

Council commended the work of the Roads Section in effecting repairs to the Ladder Hill Road.  It was recognised that staff worked long hours over the weekend to ensure the road was opened on schedule.

The meeting concluded at 10.50am.


31 October 2017




The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open until next Tuesday, 7 November 2017, with applications to be submitted via:

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.

St Helenian, Dax Richards, studied Accounting and Finance under the Chevening Scholarship Programme from the year 2000 at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Among the many benefits of studying under the Chevening programme, Dax highlights the exposure to new skills, meeting new people and having the opportunity to experience a whole new and different way of life.

Dax said:

“The Chevening Scholarship is a great opportunity and I would definitely encourage potential scholars to apply. The experience can be life changing if you allow it to be and it provides you with valuable skills for your future professional development.”

For more information on the eligibility criteria and award specifications, please visit: or contact Sandra Sim on tel: 22308 or email:

Further information is also available at


31 October 2017


Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, was sworn in as Acting Governor, this afternoon, Monday 30 October 2017.

Louise took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, partner Dave Mothershaw, and colleagues, in the Governor’s Office, The Castle.

Louise’s appointment is effective immediately.

Her Excellency Governor Lisa Phillips departed the Island today for a period of overseas business.

Governor Lisa will return to the Island on Saturday, 11 November 2017.

#StHelena #ActingGovernor #SwornIn

30 October 2017

Elected Members, together with Government Officials will hold a Public Consultation Meeting on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, at 7.30pm at the Harford Community Centre to present the two proposed Sites for the new Prison in the Bottom Woods area of Longwood.

 The two proposed sites are:

  1. West of the Met Station
  2. An area further up, known as the Goat Pen Area

The public, in particular, residents in the Bottom Woods area are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to obtain details of the proposals and to provide their views and comments. 

The layouts of the proposed sites have been placed in the Foyer of Essex House and at Longwood Supermarket for the public to view. Anyone wishing to make any comment on the proposed sites for the new Prison may do so in the comments book that will be left in the Foyer of Essex House or via email to the Secretary to the Prison Project Board, Miss Nicole Plato: by no later than Thursday, 30 November.

In addition, the layout is now available on the Publications page of the SHG website:

#StHelena #ProposedPrisonSites


30 October 2017







Executive Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 31 October 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda item:

  • Membership of the Electronic Communication Consultative Committee

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

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

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Lawson Henry and Russell Yon. Councillor Brian Isaac is a temporary member of Executive Council while Councillor Derek Thomas is on overseas business.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting

30 October 2017




The public is advised that the works at Ladder Hill Road are nearing completion and the road will reopen, as scheduled, today, Monday, 30 October 2017, at 12 noon.

Roads Manager, Deon Robbertse, said:

“The team has really bent over backwards to get this done in time, and considering that the weather was not ideal, they still managed to get the work done. I am very proud of the team and of all who helped.

“Special thanks to Darin Francis for his leadership, also the Rock Guards for their assistance and to the Masons who did not even look up, so busy they were. Well done guys.”


















Initially the road will reopen to Private Motor Vehicles only to prevent damage from heavy vehicles next to the new concrete/stone retaining wall and associated backfill, which needs seven days to cure to a suitable strength.

A height barrier will be erected at the top and bottom of Ladder Hill Road to ensure no heavy commercial vehicles can travel on it during the curing process.

Shy Road will also be opened to Private Motor Vehicles only at 12noon today.

It is anticipated that Ladder Hill Road and Shy Road will open fully to all vehicle users on Friday, 3 November 2017.

The public will be kept updated via the local radio stations.

#StHelena #LadderHillRoad #Reopening #PrivateMotorVehiclesOnly


30 October 2017


The public is advised that Ladder Hill Road will reopen as scheduled on Monday, 30 October 2017, at 3pm, to Private Motor Vehicles only.

This is to prevent damage from heavy vehicles next to the new concrete/stone retaining wall and associated backfill.

The concrete in the retaining wall and backfill needs seven days to cure to a suitable strength before heavy vehicles/loads would be allowed to drive on the road.

A height barrier will be erected at the top and bottom of Ladder Hill Road to ensure no heavy commercial vehicles can travel on it during the curing process.

Shy Road will also be opened to Private Motor Vehicles only on Monday at 3pm.

It is anticipated that Ladder Hill Road and Shy Road will open fully to all vehicle users on Friday, 3 November 2017, at 3pm.

The public will be kept updated via the local radio stations.

Whilst the ‘halfway path’ leading from Jacob’s Ladder will remain closed, Jacob’s Ladder is now reopened to the public.

#StHelena #LadderHillRoad #RoadClosure

27 October 2017

Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto, and Director of Safeguarding, Matt Ansell, recently represented St Helena at the first British Overseas Territories Co-Operation in Child Safeguarding (BOTCCS) Inter-territorial Conference, held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, on 17 and 18 October 2017.

In November 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by British Overseas Territories (BOT’s) concerning the closer co-operation between the Governments of BOT’s and the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to facilitate the joint sharing of information for the purposes of more effective safeguarding of children.

The conference promoted discussion on ways in which the BOT’s can work together when children in need and risky adults cross our borders, when we recruit to roles working with children, when the court orders involving children need to be executed in another BOT’s, and when we provide alternative care for children in need and at risk.

Matt Ansell said:

“This was a really informative and valuable conference creating the opportunity to share ideas, hear from other territories and also contribute to the development of safeguarding practice for BOT’s.

“There were a number of highly respected guest speakers who contributed to discussions and supported the forming of future planning. I must extend our thanks to Penny Nicholson, Crown Counsel for the Falkland Islands, who arranged and facilitated the conference and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for their hospitality and ongoing support and commitment towards safeguarding children.”

Angelo Berbotto presented a paper on the legislative reform on St Helena since the Wass Inquiry. This highlighted the improved capability in safeguarding across agencies on Island. This stimulated discussion amongst the participants in relation to safe recruitment and resilience in small territories.

#StHelena #BOTCCS #InterTerritorialConference #SafeguardingChildren

27 October 2017

St Helena Government is today pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Atlantic Express (SAEx) to provide a branching spur to St Helena from a submarine cable between South Africa and South America.

The agreement covers the construction of the cable to St Helena and a 25 year secure right of use.

This development is a significant component of the Digital Strategy and will see benefits across the Island including in telemedicine, education, closing the digital divide and environmental benefits along with enabling quicker and cheaper connections for households and businesses. St Helena Government is also confident of job creation through the development of ground stations.

Governor Lisa Phillips said:

“This cable, when combined with the Airport and the plans to produce energy from renewables, is St Helena’s passport to prosperity. We will be able to do much more on St Helena with unlimited broadband, but it is the capacity of the cable relative to St Helena’s demand that is a key opportunity. Our remoteness has always been a constraint, but here we can turn it to an advantage. SHG is working hard to put this in place in the next three years and this is the start.”

SAEx CEO Dr Rosalind Thomas said:

Submarine fibre optic systems are a proven development enabler, not just of economic activity but also of digital technology-based economic activity. SAEx is pleased to be working with the SHG, and is delighted that we were selected to help them achieve their ambitions for a technology-based economy on the island.

SAEx is in the final stages of selecting a system supplier, and will utilise the latest digital technology on its main paths domestically within South Africa and from South Africa to Brazil and to the USA; the link to St Helena will have full access to the routes and opportunities that this opens up for the island.”

The cable will be ready for service in 2020 and will see St Helena linking with a number of multinational organisations.

Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, concluded:

“This is a significant milestone in our attempts to secure better internet access for the people and businesses of St Helena. We still have a long way to go before the project becomes a reality but we are all working towards a common goal. I am grateful for the work done by the working group here led by Paul McGinnety, to Dax Richards for his work with the European Development Fund (EDF) and for the support of DFID in helping us make the business case.”

SHG is seeking EDF funding for the spur and IRU, and the process is well underway to secure these funds.

See map of SAEx – Phase 1

#StHelena #DigitalStrategy #SAEx #ImprovedAccess

27 October 2017