St Helena Headline NEWS- 7 August 2017


The RMS St Helena left James Bay for Cape Town at 17:40 LT (UTC) 19:40 SA time. Estimated time of arrival at the Cape Town Pilot Station is Saturday 2017-08-12 at 20:00 SA time. In Cape Town she will now be in dry dock and will only return to the island on 11 September 2017,i.e. in 35 days’ time.

This will be the last time ever that the island will be isolated for this length of time. Weekly flights are scheduled for an October start.

Launch of St. Helena flights preliminary planned for Oct 21

SA Airlink in the GDS and OAG Schedules Analyser has filed preliminary schedule for new Johannesburg – Windhoek – St. Helena service, temporary scheduled to commence on 21OCT17. Current schedule listing shows SA Airlink Embraer E190 aircraft operating this route once a week on Saturdays.

Reservation is currently unavailable. See more air access news below.


The RMS St Helena arrived safely in James Bay yesterday at 13.49. She is due to leave for Cape Town this afternoon. Embarkation time is set for 13.00 this afternoon but it may sail late as there is still quite a bit of cargo to offload. (the cargo that was over -carried to Ascension)


RMS arriving in James Bay yesterday


St Helena’s Airport Is Finally Getting Airline Service

he remote South Atlantic island of St Helena has had only one connection with the world for centuries. Until now, if you wanted to travel there, you had to go by boat. That boat, the RMS St Helena, takes two to five days to reach its nearest ports of call, in Ascension Island and Cape Town, South Africa, respectively. But a recently announced air route will shorten the travel time to about six hours.

Image created with Google Maps.

St Helena Airport (HLE) was built on St Helena to replace the nautical service, but once it was completed, it was discovered that severe winds on the island could pose a danger to aircraft when landing. The project was first announced in 2005 and cost about 285 million British pounds. The boat service was slated to end once airline service began, but due to the delay of airline service, the RMS St Helena has continued to provide transportation for passengers and cargo goods.

The island has finally received its first scheduled airline service. A South African carrier called Airlink will offer service from St Helena to Johannesburg and Cape Town each Saturday, with a stop in Windhoek, Namibia, using an ETOPS-certified two-class Embraer 190 jet (shown in the video above). The journey will take about six hours each way.

RMS St Helena. Image courtesy of St Helena Tourism Board.
RMS St Helena. Image courtesy of St Helena Tourism Board.

Airlink expects to start service to St Helena in October, but the carrier is still going through the governmental approval process. It has not announced a firm schedule, or what the fares will be. Airlink is a privately owned carrier, founded in 1995, and it currently serves 30 destinations in southern Africa. It’s partnered with Star Alliance member South African Airways, so passengers will be able to connect in Johannesburg to almost any part of the world.

St Helena may not be easy to get to, but the small volcanic island is breathtakingly beautiful. You can check out a gallery of photos from its tourism board here.

Featured image courtesy of Airlink. (Aircraft pictured isn’t the same model that will fly the aforementioned route, but no photos of their E190s are available).



Clear, warm waters, wrecks and fascinating marine life make St Helena Island an enticing snorkelling and scuba diving destination. Dive site habitats vary from rocky reefs with caves and areas of boulders to cobbles and sand, all teeming with marine life and all within easy reach of the wharf in Jamestown.


Read about two successful businesses on and Joshua Brothers Covered Production


DID YOU KNOW- Until 1966 flax was an important industry on St Helena making rope for the British Post Office.

The Flax Sorter|Cyril Legg, Levelwood

Cyril Legg, 74, Farmer, Levelwood | Sharon Henry

Time-Lapse is our new blog feature, a series of short time segments framing life and culture on St Helena, told through the words of people living on the island.

“I used to work in the flax mill sorting flax at Woody Ridge until I damaged my hand.  It got chopped across the knuckles with a sickle, accidentally.  After all these years I still can’t bend my fist.

“We used to put the flax bundles down in a hole and because flax came in different lengths we had to sort it.  So this day when I took it out the cast, Lionie George chopped down with the sickle, he didn’t realise I was going to pull on the doors.  That’s how it happened.”


Diese Insel ist wie eine Kolonie im Weltraum – so hat man St. Helena einmal beschrieben. Steiler Fels mitten im Südatlantik, im Nirgendwo zwischen Angola und Brasilien, die nächste Insel hunderte Kilometer entfernt. Kein Wunder, dass die Briten sie zur Gefängnisinsel für ihre gefürchtetsten Feinde machten – Napoleon war der prominenteste Verbannte auf St. Helena. Heute leben auf der Insel 4500 Menschen, unter ihnen Nachfahren der Verbannten. Und einzigartige Tiere und Pflanzen – Reste urtümlicher Farnwälder etwa, die es sonst nirgendwo mehr gibt.


Prince Andrew School today held its annual Celebration of Achievement Awards Ceremony. Students, parents, guardians and invited guests gathered in the school hall to celebrate the presentations.

In her opening speech, Head Teacher of Prince Andrew School, Penny Bowers, welcomed everyone, thanked them for attending and highlighted to students the importance of working hard throughout their school years.

Penny said:

“Today we come together to celebrate the ending of another school year and to appreciate and congratulate those students who will shortly be coming onto the stage to receive an award.

 “It is pleasing to see some different faces walking across the stage this year. Last year I encouraged all students to work hard and what a difference the year has made. Next year we hope to see other different faces, so again, I would like to encourage all of our students out there today to work hard because as you know, education is the key.”

The first presentation was for the Sports Award. Certificates were presented to Joey Thomas and Latisha Fowler of KS3 and Brett Isaac and Alaina Crowie of KS4&5.

KS3 student, Harley Andrews, and KS4&5 student, Alaina Crowie, were presented with the Creative Arts Award and Alexia Duncan took The Environmental & Conservation Award. Gordon Brodie and Jeanette Williams received the Heart of Gold Award.

Two presentations of students’ work were read out with the theme – St Helena Culture, Then and Now.

Citizenship Awards, Outstanding Progress Awards and Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following students:

Citizenship Award

Year 7 – Brooke Yon

Year 8 – Luke Bowers

Year 9 – Latisha Fowler

Year 10 – Venus Williams

Outstanding Progress Award

Year 7 – Dewi McMahon

Year 8 – Cerys Joshua

Year 9 – Latisha Fowler

Year 10 – Danielle Fowler

Academic Achievement Award

Year 7 – Joey Thomas

Year 8 – Joey Thomas

Year 9 – Courtney Green

Year 10 – Marcella Mittens

Tiffany Herne, Cassidy Beard and Jacob Bowers of Year 12 were also each presented with an Academic Achievement Award for overall effort and commitment.

The last award of the ceremony was for the Student of the Year. This was presented to Jaede Benjamin of Year 7, Ronaldo Johnson of Year 8, Harley Andrews of Year 9 and Demi George of Year 10.

Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, then gave an inspirational speech about his path of study leading up to his current role.

Dax said:

“Twenty years ago I sat in a very similar ceremony like this one today, only I was sitting in the back. To be honest with you, at that time, I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I wanted to do with my life, so don’t worry if you all don’t have a clear understanding of what you want to do, you still have plenty of time.

 “At that time, we were only required to do six GCSEs and so choosing the right courses were an important foundation for whatever I wanted to do in the future.  I’m so glad now I made those choices, however I didn’t make these alone, my teachers played a big part in steering me in the right direction, just as I know they will do for each and every one of you. 

 “For some of you, you will be seriously thinking about whether you want to go on to University. For those of you, who are thinking about this, my advice to you is yes, go for it. For me as someone who has come through this school, made a few mistakes along the way, dealt with a number of set-backs and still made it through, my advice to you is to take heart when your teachers are pushing you to go that little bit further. I’ve always been told by those who have had an influence on my life that there is often short term pain for long term gains, study hard now and reap the benefits in years to come.”

 The Honourable Clint Beard then thanked everyone for attending the ceremony and reiterated to students the importance of doing their best in school.


The Safeguarding Directorate are working hard to ensure that we deliver efficient and high quality social care services to the St Helena Community.

If you are passionate about providing care and support to the community then the following jobs should interest you.

Team Manager Adult Community Team (Designate) Grade E

 Clinical Lead for Residential Services. Grade E

Click to access Safeguarding-Vacancies-1.pdf


Head of Property

St Helena, South Atlantic
3 Years FTC

Competitive package circa £59-69k pa, includes salary, pension contribution, cost of living, relocation, rent and utilities (see Overseas Vacancy Information).

Could you manage and develop our island’s Property Division to improve quality of service delivery, efficiency and customer service… actively contributing to sustainable development?

A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,500, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK, poised for future transformation with scheduled, commercial air access.

The Division manages the estate of crown land and buildings. It serves the needs of government services, generates revenue through sale of assets and supports business development on the island. Your remit will cover property, GIS and public works yard; the portfolio includes many assets of great historic significance.

As you oversee operations you will be responsible for strategic planning and development, budget and financial management and personnel and staff development issues, playing a key part in succession planning. Offering professional support, guidance and technical advice to colleagues you will liaise with elected members and with key internal and external partners, producing regular reports on progress against key indicators.

With increased focus on customer service and communications with elected members and other stakeholders, you will make it your aim to improve internal communications and increase efficient use of resources, developing the synergies between these different functions. Reducing reliance on overseas recruitment for key posts in the directorate will be important and will entail a focus on staff training and development.

Degree level educated or beyond, or with relevant professional experience at a senior and strategic level, your background will be in building surveying and/or property management. Working knowledge of the legal side of property including leases, sales and tenancies will be essential along with a pragmatic and innovative approach.

We offer an extensive benefits package with 30 days leave pa, fare paid travel, freight and storage allowances. An application form can be found at where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or email: This is where applications must be sent and received by 24 August 2017. Interviews will be held in London.

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The public is reminded that applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme are open until Monday, 21 August 2017.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme aims to discover, celebrate and support exceptional young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, leaving a lasting legacy for Her Majesty The Queen.

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 and 29 throughout 2018. The applicant’s date of birth must fall between 1 January 1989 and 1 January 2000
  • Applicants must be citizens of and working in a commonwealth country or citizens of an overseas territory (of a commonwealth member)
  • Applicants need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities
  • All applicants need to be supported by a suitable referee (a professional in one of the following occupations – a teacher or counsellor, a registered physician or nurse, a church or community leader, social worker or family services or business leader). Referees must not be related to the applicant.

All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition.

For more information, including how to apply and how to nominate a young person for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, please visit:


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