St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have come as no surprise to social media users or readers of the St Helena Independent. […]

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 […]

Ninety days in a wilderness: election delayed until last moment

The restoration of democratically-elected government on St Helena is to be delayed until the last possible week. A general election is to take place on St Helena on 17 July 2013 – two days short of the 13-week deadline allowed under the island’s constitution.  Governor Mark Capes dissolved the island’s Legislative Council without warning on […]

‘Tangled’ political system hinders democracy, says Mr Capes

St Helena’s “over-complicated” system of government has been blamed by Governor Mark Capes for a lack of public confidence in decision-makers. Now the people of St Helena are being asked their views on re-writing part of the island’s constitution, to put right flaws. Proposals include appointing a chief councillor, who would effectively choose the other executive councillors […]

Fundraisers plan global push in Jamestown steeple campaign

A worldwide appeal is to be launched for money to restore one of St Helena’s lost landmarks: the steeple on St James’ Church, one of the ‘wonders’ of the island. Here, churchwarden IVY ELLICK outlines a campaign plan worthy of Napoleon. We are looking at 2015 as our target date for restoring the steeple of […]