St Helena Headline NEWS 1 September 2017

The RMS St Helena has been experiencing difficulties during the reassembly of the port propeller hub following a scheduled survey.

Following further discussions with Rolls Royce, the manufacturers of the system, refitting of the port propeller hub is now planned to take several more days, with parts being flown in from Europe and adjustment work undertaken locally in Cape Town.

It is expected that the RMS will not be able to leave the Dry Dock until Thursday, 7 September 2017. It is anticipated she will then be alongside her berth ready to embark passengers on Friday, 8 September, and sail as soon as all cargo is loaded. 

The onward schedule will be issued as soon as a departure time can be established.

Passengers will be advised of the change to embarkation arrangements in Cape Town.

The situation will be monitored and is subject to change. 

Another report on St Helena by the main public broadcaster in Germany, ARD/ Einzigartige Natur auf St. Helena

St. Helena ist eine der abgeschiedensten Inseln der Welt. Alles was hier wächst, wurde vom Meer angespült und manche der Lebensformen hier sind anderswo längst ausgestorben. Ein Grund, weshalb St. Helena auch die Galapagosinsel des Südatlantik genannt wird.

Von Thomas Denzel, ARD-Studio Südafrika

RMS St Helena experiencing more difficulties- technical problem set to delay September 6 sailing; passengers asked to embark on the afternoon of 9 September 2017; further delays ‘possible’

The RMS St Helena has been experiencing difficulties during the reassembly of the port propeller hub following a scheduled survey. AWSML are working with Rolls Royce, the manufacturers of the system, and Lloyds Register to find an acceptable solution.

It is likely that the ship will remain in Dry Dock later than originally scheduled. This may have an impact on loading cargo and the departure time from Capetown for the next scheduled voyage.

A further update will be issued today, Friday 1 September 2017, when it is hoped more information on the timescale for the work to be completed will be available.- SHG


Governor Lisa Phillips has today agreed that Councillors can be more open in communicating with the public, by issuing an Authority that deals with the operation of the Oath of Confidentiality which all Councillors must take when they are elected onto Legislative Council.

The Oath of Confidentiality, found in the Schedule to the Constitution, says:

 “I ……………………. do swear that I will be a true and faithful Councillor and that I will not, directly or indirectly, except with the authority of the Governor, reveal the business or proceedings of the Government of St Helena or the nature or contents of any document communicated to me, or any matter coming to my knowledge, in my capacity as a Councillor.  So help me God.”

Any amendment of the Oath of Confidentiality will have to be referred to Her Majesty’s Privy Council and will likely take some time to process.

Therefore the Authority issued today is an interim measure to provide flexibility about operation of the Oath. It allows Councillors to reveal the business or proceedings of St Helena Government and the nature and contents of any document communicated to them within the following boundaries:

No express authority is required for the following:

  1. Ongoing work done by the Councillors (eg. contact with the Administration over issues raised by the public; progress/timing in considering new policies)
  2. Rationale behind decisions taken (eg. budget allocations)
  3. Use of analysis carried out by the Administration which underpins a discussion taking place with the public (eg. data from elsewhere about wearing of seatbelts)
  4. Information already in the public domain (eg. press releases, radio appearances, speeches, responses to the Code of Practice on the release of information etc.)
  5. Matters discussed in the open sessions of Executive Council or Council Committees

Express authority is required for the following:

  1. Ongoing discussions / negotiations with HMG (which are not concluded)
  2. Information that is owned by a third party and whose permission to disclose has not been obtained
  3. Information that is deemed confidential or sensitive (eg. information about an individual)
  4. Information that is commercial in confidence (eg. information about a business proposal or the contents of a contract etc.)
  5. Executive Council ‘green papers’ (but please note that Councillors can draw on information contained therein as appropriate).

The issuing of the Authority follows on from the inaugural meeting of Legislative Council when several Councillors asked the Governor to amend or scrap – what they deemed to be – the outdated Oath.

The Authority has been published in a Government Gazette and is available on the SHG website at:*

 *Direct Link:


The Environment & Natural Resources Directorate would like to advise the public that applications can now be made for funding for district and community roads.  Funding is limited, but for every successful application, a grant of up to £2,500 may be provided. Residents will be responsible for organising road improvements.

Community roads are defined as those that serve a minimum of three households. A district road is defined as a road serving six or more occupied properties, and which may have previously received funding as a community road. The priorities for district and community roads include the number of existing dwellings served and the condition of the road.

Application forms can be collected from Essex House in Jamestown and should be completed and returned by noon on Friday, 29 September 2017. All applications received at that time will then be assessed and scored, and prioritised accordingly.

All previous unsuccessful applicants must re-apply for a Community or District Road Grant.

SA Government moves to contain avian flu outbreak

IOL Business Report / Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

Battery chickens in a poultry farm in Cape Town. Picture: EPA

Cape Town – The South African economy has lost more than R50million after the outbreak of avian flu, with many more millions likely to be lost if the disease is not quickly contained.Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana told journalists in Cape Town that they were doing everything possible to contain the spread of the disease.

Bird flu has been reported in 47 countries, in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said more than R50m had already been lost, with thousands of chickens culled and farms left scrambling.

On the other hand, the South African Ostrich Business Chamber said it had not felt the impact of the outbreak, but was keeping a close eye on developments.

The first case of bird flu was detected on a farm in June. Since then several cases have been reported.

“Government veterinary services, together with the poultry industry, have worked tirelessly to curb the spread of the disease by destroying all infected poultry,” said Zokwana.

He said the current strain did not cause the disease in humans.

Sapa chairperson Achmat Brinkhuis said they had not yet done a full assessment of the economic impact on the poultry industry, but that it had caused big losses to breeding farms.

Brinkhuis said the estimated loss was around R50m.

Piet Klein, the chief executive of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber, said they’d had no fatalities among ostriches. However, in 2011 a similar outbreak had cost the industry R1.2billion.

“At the moment we are not counting ostriches. They have got their own protection against the viruses,” said Klein.

More than 2.1million chickens have been affected by the outbreak.

Zokwana denied that they had been slow to respond to the outbreak since the first case was reported in June.

He said they had been on the ground from day one with control measures. “We have worked well with the industry, and they have been able to co-operate,” he said.

Some of the bio-security measures being proposed on farms include keeping poultry away from wetlands and areas frequented by wild birds, not providing food that would attract wild birds, and to control people’s access to places with poultry.


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