Flights: chief sec admits doubts over medical care and crime

St Helena’s chief secretary has admitted to concerns about notorious crime at the airport that is to be the island’s link with the rest of the world – and about the future of medical referrals to Cape Town. But Roy Burke could offer little response to an accusation of a “shameful” betrayal of Saints working […]

Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must not be cast aside. “The electorate is really concerned about the likelihood of medical referral […]

Sailing for St Helena with a floorboard for a rudder

When the rudder failed on the yacht Benguela, its crew tried lashing a floorboard to a pole to take its place. It worked, well enough to steer the 42-foot sail training vessel to within reach of rescue boats from St Helena. Now the principal of the 2 Oceans Maritime Academy in Cape Town has thanked […]

Ocean slog ends with a man overboard

Yachtsman Malcolm Russell reached St Helena exhausted but unharmed after a gruelling 1,600-mile voyage – then fell overboard in James Bay. He couldn’t climb up out of the water, and his brother Rusty no longer had the strength to haul him in. Now Malcolm has told how the pair were taken in by “the angel […]

The RMS St Helena casts a light over the water

Photographer Christopher Godden has kindly given consent for this site to publish his fine picture of the RMS St Helena at Cape Town, taken from the MSC Sinfonia. Christopher is a member of The Ship Society of South Africa, whose club house in the city’s harbour area has a library of several hundred books and […]

RMS sailing schedule runs beyond airport opening

The new sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena includes two voyages beyond the planned opening of St Helena’s first airport. And they may not be the ship’s last trips to the island, according to a statement issued after executive councillors approved the schedule. The ship is also set to drop anchor in James Bay […]

Governor’s Cape seduction: tax breaks to lure investors

The lure of ten-year tax breaks is set to make St Helena a hot topic with investors in Cape Town, says a South African financial website. The MoneyWeb report – ahead of a visit by Governor Mark Capes – says the opening of St Helena’s airport in 2016 “will open the island up for business.” And it lists […]

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 […]

Life’s a blast for RMS St Helena refit team

Heavy weather that has delayed the Basil Read airport supply ship on its return to Walvis Bay has also held up the RMS St Helena’s refit in Cape Town. CAPTAIN ANDREW GREENTREE reports. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself. It has been a busy week. We have had rain most of the time […]