I had my bag pilfered at Johannesburg, says Lawson

Saints will be flying in and out of an airport with a high crime rate and a reputation for losing baggage, the Hon Lawson Henry told fellow legislative councillors. He spoke from experience. He said: “Many Saints, including myself, have had to travel to Johannesburg to gain links to other international airports, and our experiences […]

More tea plants, anyone? ‘Lost’ endemics found near airport site

A forgotten strand of St Helena’s unique tea plant has been rediscovered below Longwood, it has been reported. The bushes found in Fisher’s Valley are much larger than any other known specimens on the island, some reaching 1.5 metres in height. It is believed that their existence was known to George Benjamin, the man who discovered the […]

£2.8million hospital upgrade will reduce overseas medical trips

A £2.8million upgrade of St Helena’s hospital has been announced – and it will mean fewer people have to go overseas for medical care. Members of Legislative Council were told on Monday, 30 March 2015, that the work would involve a new accident and emergency area and intensive care unit. The contract has been awarded to […]

Saturday flights in BA livery confirmed for St Helena

Weekly flights between St Helena and Johannesburg will operate every Saturday, the island’s government has confirmed. Comair Ltd has signed a contract to operate the service with a dedicated Boeing 737-800 aircraft in British Airways livery. It will offer both business class and economy seating on the five-hour flight. Construction of the island’s first airport […]

I wanted the people’s stories, says St Helena film-maker

It was the people that mattered to Dieter Deswarte when he turned up on St Helena, one man and his camera on a shoestring budget, hoping to capture the spirit of an island emerging from obscurity. The BBC gave him half an hour to tell the world about the Saints as they wait for an […]

Saint FM vital to island spirit, says director Dieter

Three minutes into Dieter Deswarte’s BBC film about St Helena, viewers around the world heard the smooth welcome of Tony Leo, veteran island broadcaster. “This is Saint FM Community Radio. The people’s station at its best,” he said. “Our unique little island will soon be a part of the bigger world…” He wasn’t there just […]

Explosion to make St Helena’s Airport

Ten million cubic metres of rock have been shifted in the making of St Helena’s first airport, dislodged from Prosperous Bay Plain and the route of the access road in 383 explosions over the course of three years. Read more here or click on any of the thumbnail images to view a gallery of pictures, […]

Blast masters: Alan and co fire the last explosion on aircraft site

The dust has settled on three years of explosions on St Helena’s airport construction site: the final rock blast of the entire project took place on Prosperous Bay Plain at 5.20pm on Friday 20 March 2015. It achieved its objective, with 975kg of explosives yielding about 3,700 tonnes of rock near the site of the navigational […]

Watch online: St Helena film shows the beauty, and the truth

The BBC has screened a revealing documentary that captures the beauty and charm of St Helena, but also confronts the realities of life on the island. People in the UK can see at on the BBC iPlayer at any time up to 20 April 2015. The half-hour film tells its story through six Saints who […]