Council to meet in public for airport buildings debate

Members of the public are invited to observe a special meeting of St Helena’s executive council to discuss the island’s proposed airport buildings. Councillors will discuss the exterior finishes of the terminal and the building that will house the control tower, fire and rescue, fuel management and other facilities. The meeting takes place at 9.30am on […]

UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

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A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to better decision-making. It could also help to reduce public distrust of government. An increasing number […]

Jobs for island contractors after years of under-spending

Island businesses are being asked to help with a backlog of “challenging” work to improve infrastructure on St Helena – such as roads and buildings. It follows a rebuke in early 2012 by aid advisers over delays in spending several million pounds that was meant to be used for vital work. Executive councillors have accepted […]

Minimum wage moves to start ‘without delay’

A law to introduce a minimum wage on St Helena is to be brought into force as soon as possible. Protection against being unfairly sacked is also set to be brought in under the 2010 Employment Rights Ordinance. It comes less than a month after the man in charge of economic development said wages on […]

‘Very high’ telecom charges prompt council debate

The “very high cost” of telephone and internet services in St Helena has been debated by its  executive council – as Cable & Wireless seeks to negotiate a new exclusive deal to provide telecoms on the island. The unscheduled discussion among councillors reflects discontent among islanders over the company’s monopoly, and the fees it charges. […]