Press Releases

  • Brahminy Blind Snake – Smallest Snake In The World Found At Wharf At Wharf

    On Tuesday 6 June 2023, biosecurity officers were notified that a snake approximately 10cm long and 2mm wide, resembling a long black ‘worm’, had been found at the Wharf. Following the alert, biosecurity officials investigated and positively identified it as a brahminy blind snake (Indotyphlops Braminus). Commonly known as the flowerpot snake, it is the […]

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  • Statistical Updates: Arrivals And Departures

    For the month of April 2023, there were a total of 323 arrivals. This is more than twice the number of arrivals compared to the same period in 2022 (155). Of these April 2023 arrivals, 291 arrived by air and the remaining 32 by sea.

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  • Statistical Update: Population

    The latest statistical updates have been released for population data on Tuesday 6 June 2023. There were an estimated 4,327 people on the island at the end of April 2023, of which 4,171 were estimated to be resident, and 156 were visiting.

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  • World Oceans Day 2023

    Today, Thursday 8 June 2023, is World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day is celebrated worldwide each year, and is an opportunity to showcase our oceans, highlight their importance and raise public awareness of the impact our actions have on our oceans. This year’s theme is “Planet Ocean: The Tides Are Changing”. St Helena is surrounded […]

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  • World Food Safety Day 2023 – Increased Agricultural Production (IAP) Project

    World Food Safety Day is marked annually on 7 June to raise awareness about the importance of safe food practices and the global need for safe food, and in the process contribute to improved food security. This international day is a collaborative effort between the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and […]

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  • HM Prison Long Service And Good Conduct Awards

    On Thursday 25 May 2023, HM Prison Service held a ceremony to celebrate long service and good conduct ceremony for members of their staff.
    Four medals for Long Service and Good Conduct were awarded to:
    Deputy Superintendent Linda Fuller, for 30 years of service
    Senior Officer Tania Augustus, for 19 years of service
    Prison Officers Winston Henry and Michel Coleman, for 18 years of service

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  • Diabetes Awareness Week 2023 – Event Information

    Here on St Helena, it is estimated 1 in 4 people are taking medication for diabetes and around 400 people are living with prediabetes.
    To raise awareness of how you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes, improve your diabetes control or support a loved one or friend living with diabetes, the Dietitian and Health Promotion team will be bringing a ‘Diabetes pop-up café’ to the medical clinics across the Island.

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  • Minister’s Question Time – Tuesday 13 June 2023

    The postponed third meeting of Minister’s Question Time will take place on Tuesday 13 June 2023, at 10am in the Council Chamber. The meeting is due to last approximately one hour, is open to members of the public and will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1. The topic for this meeting is “SHG’s Energy […]

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  • Visa And Mastercard Merchant Services Now Available To St Helena

    b=Businesses on St Helena can now apply directly to Ryft Pay to be able to accept Visa and Mastercard payments from customers. The funds from Visa and Mastercard payments can be deposited into a business’ Bank of St Helena (BOSH) account or UK bank account. To express an interest in the services that Ryft Pay offers, and to begin the application process, businesses should contact Ryft Pay directly at

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  • Statistical Bulletin 5, 2023: Gross Domestic Product (Gdp)

    The Statistical Office have released new estimates of the size of St Helena’s economy for 2021/22. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2021/22 is estimated to have been £39.0 million, 1.7% lower than 2020/21 when price inflation is taken into account. Table 1. Estimates of Gross Domestic Product, 2015/16 to 2021/22, £ million   15/16 16/17 […]

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