Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three […]

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 […]

A great year and an exciting future – by Governor Capes

St Helena Online is happy to publish this Christmas message from His Excellency Mark Capes, Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ and as another year draws to an end, many people will pause to reflect on the events of the past year. I […]

St Helena is ‘lucky’ to have Governor Capes, says top official

St Helena’s governor, Mark Capes, has been given public praise by his boss at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Dr Martin Longden also described islanders as “industrious, intelligent and innovative people”, at the end of an eight-day visit. He visited the island in his roles a Deputy Director at the FCO, and the […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

Health service for Sandy Bay yet to be made public

Councillors have been given a briefing on future health provision for Sandy Bay when the area’s clinic closes at the end of May 2012. But a report by Governor Mark Capes does not say what new arrangements are likely to be put in place. He said: “I asked for an update on the measures to […]

Land deal drawn up for luxury hotel

Plans for a luxury hotel on St Helena have moved a step forward, with developer Shelco about to be given permission to buy land for the project. A draft agreement has been approved by executive councillors, to be signed by Governor Mark Capes. The special consent is needed because a new law allowing non-islanders to […]