South African firm is first choice as St Helena airline

A South African airline operator has been named the favourite to provide an air service for St Helena when its first airport opens early in 2016. But Comair, which also operates budget flights as kulula.com, will only offer flights to Johannesburg in South Africa – despite strong calls for a direct service to Europe. Potential […]

Governor and politicians top ‘not trusted’ list

Politicians have been named as the least trusted people on St Helena, along with journalists. But the governor has come second in a list of the most distrusted people on the island – and that fact was left out of a summary of the findings that was issued to media by the government. Governor Mark […]

58 jobs under threat in shake-up at the Castle

Fifty eight St Helena Government finance staff have been told their jobs are “under review” in a reorganisation. A spokesman said the number of jobs to be lost would not be known until early 2013, but it was expected some staff would be made redundant. News that jobs were being “reviewed” came a week after it […]

Alfreda lands a first in live internet ‘exam’

Alfreda Yon achieved something of a world first when she secured her degree-level qualification in management. Completing her final assessment was a feat of management in itself. It was meant to involve a face-to-face interview with her examiners – in the UK. It evidently took some effort to persuade the Chartered Management Institute that she […]

‘We honour the spirit of freedom act’ says The Castle

St Helena Government says it is committed to open government, even though it has not adopted the UK’s Freedom of Information laws. It said: “We do honour the spirit and intent of the Act, but without adopting its cumbersome formality. This is simply a practical reality particular to the island. “Within our limited resources we […]

Falling rock puts defences to the test

A large rock has been caught in the rockfall fencing above upper Jamestown. Dave Malpas, St Helena Government’s roads manager, said it could have continued down the hill and hit property below – as happened when the Baptist Chapel was badly damaged in 2009. “It was good to see that the fence had stopped the […]

Kedell addresses MPs and Peers at Jubilee reception

Kedell Worboys, the UK representative for St Helena Government, has given a speech at a reception in London to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It dealt with issues facing the UK overseas territories and various Members of Parliament and Peers were present at the Speaker’s house to hear what she had to say. A number […]

We’ll help island teachers end years of failings, says director

St Helena’s own teachers must be properly trained and rewarded if severe problems in the island’s schools are to be resolved, according to its new director of education. Colin Moore spoke candidly at a public meeting about a litany of problems with the way the island’s education system had been run, stretching back many years. […]