Historic first test flight delayed

The date of the proposed first test flight to St Helena has been put back from July to “in or around September 2015”, it has been announced. The calibration flight is needed to test the various navigation systems to guide aircraft towards touchdown on the island’s first airport. Work on the airport is understood to […]

Joshua Connect Day brings family together at the Cape

If you meet a Joshua in Cape Town, you can be pretty sure that somewhere in their family line, there’s a Saint. Now they all have their own special day: Monday, 27 April 2015 is Joshua Connect Day. Organiser JOLENE JOSHUA tells the story:  I started researching my own branch of the Joshua family about eight years […]

Were there black prisoners in the Boer camps of St Helena?

Little is heard of the black Africans who lived and died in the prison camps of the Anglo Boer War. One man is engaged on a search for what traces remain – and he’s heading for St Helena. Twin Mosia is to tour the 65 known black concentrations camps set up by the British in mainland Africa, […]

TV news makes the news

Broadcasting history has been made on St Helena with the transmission of the island’s first weekly television news bulletin. Watch Liam Yon make an impressive debut as a newsreader here The bulletin has been produced by South Atlantic Media Services – publisher of The Sentinel – in partnership with videographer Richard Moors of island-based Vision Media. […]

Air link with Jo’burg brings praise and concerns

Legislative Council members have welcomed the announcement that Comair Limited is to operate Saturday flights to St Helena in a British Airways aircraft. But they also voiced concerns about crime, transport of Ascension, and the future of the island’s long-standing medical links with Cape Town. Read more: Chief sec admits doubts over medical care and Jo’burg crime […]

St Helena’s Budget – in figures

New higher rate of 31% tax on all income over £25,000 from 1 April 2015. Basic income tax rate rises by 1% to 26%, from 1 April. Personal tax allowance stays at £7,000. Companies’ income tax paid remains at 25%. Tobacco: 5% increase in duty (about 16p extra on a packet of 20 – total […]

Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy socialising. If we put such commodities out of the range of Saints they will turn […]