Cape fights to keep £20 million trade with St Helena

The RMS St Helena is said to bring £20 million worth of business into Cape Town every year – and the city is fighting to keep it, according to MoneyWeb, a South African financial website. It says the figure comes from the island’s departing economy chief, Julian Morris. It says the ship has “significant economic […]

‘Threats’ blamed as family quits island (amended text)

(This story has been amended in the light of emerging information that suggests that the unspecified threats against Mark Brumbill may well not relate to his work with the fishing industry) The expert brought in to build up St Helena’s fishery has left the island abruptly after allegedly receiving “serious personal threats”, including to his […]

Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch before they would help island fishermen buy their own vessels – and visiting trawler Southern Star […]

Extra £1.4 million is proposed to boost health and schooling

Nearly one and a half million pounds of extra funding will pumped into St Helena to improve health care and education, if UK ministers accept proposals from the 2013 aid mission to the island. That is on top of £12 million to cover the ongoing shortfall in St Helena Government’s annual budget. The £12m amounts to a slight […]

Arcadia passenger questions P&O’s intentions

Messages of disappointment continue to reach St Helena Online regarding the failure of P&O Cruises to allow passengers ashore in “millpond” conditions when the Arcadia called at the island in April 2012. The latest is from Diana Rainham, of Essex, UK, in response to coverage of the debacle. She writes: “I was on the Arcadia […]

Ascension voyages saved in new RMS schedule

A feared cut to the number of RMS St Helena voyages to Ascension island appears to have been averted. Julian Morris, head of economic development, revealed details of the ship’s proposed schedule at a meeting with the St Helena tourism association. He said: “The number of Ascension calls unchanged.” The concern arose because of a drop in the […]

£48,000 a year for someone to solve island housing shortage

A housing expert is being recruited to try to find more low-cost homes for people on St Helena – and enable young people to remain on the island. It is one of several posts, worth more than half a million pounds in salary, being advertised by St Helena Government. They include jobs running the island’s […]

Adapt or fail, says economy boss who finds business ‘too hard’

The man in charge of transforming St Helena’s economy has praised people in business on the island – because couldn’t do it himself. It’s too tough. Julian Morris said running a tourism business was the hardest of all. But the chief executive for economic development also said it was about to get tougher still for […]

Poor hygeine and a grumpy waitress: why tourism must improve

The food was good and the service was excellent, for at least one person who responded to a survey of eating out on St Helena. But others felt they did not get their just desserts. The insight was presented by Julian Morris, the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the island’s Tourism Association. “When […]

Ascension sailings in doubt as St Helena fights for flights

Looking from the bridge of the RMS towards the crane and bows, with Ascension in the distance

A big drop in tourist numbers on St Helena has been blamed partly on last year’s sudden cut in spaces on RAF flights. Efforts are being made to restore the island’s allocation of seats on the “airbridge” between Ascension and RAF Brize Norton in the UK. In the meantime, there’s uncertainty over the future frequency […]