St Helena Headline NEWS- 8 September 2017


St Helena Government

The public is advised that, due to severe weather conditions in Cape Town yesterday afternoon and through to 8am this morning, repair work on the RMS St Helena had to be temporarily suspended as it was deemed unsafe for personnel and equipment to move the shaft for the RMS from the workshops to the docks. All work in the dock bottom was also suspended as welding equipment and lights etc were adversely affected by the storm that passed through.

This means passenger embarkation for the RMS has been delayed until tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 9 September 2017.

It is expected that the shaft will be in place and tested this afternoon and flooding the Dry Dock is due to commence at 6am tomorrow morning.

Hotels have been secured for all passengers and information will be provided to them as to when they should return to the cruise terminal tomorrow afternoon.

SA Airlink’s new route map published

Flight Bookings link- coming online soon


St Helena- Introducing Airlink’s latest destination

Airlink connects you to St Helena with direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, on Saturdays.

St Helena is known for the abundance of life and beauty on this remote South Atlantic Ocean island. It is loved for the opportunities to swim with its whale sharks, explore historic wrecks and walk its rolling hills.

Appreciate the unique flora and fauna and immerse yourself in its heritage and history, where the final chapter of Napolean’s life played out.

This island is 47 square miles of sub-tropical paradise and is one of the most extraordinary places in the world.

For your return journey, fly back to Johannesburg or Cape Town and travel beyond with Airlink to other key leisure destinations.




Saint FM – House of Lords discuss St Helena and Ascension Island transport Issues. A must listen

Saint FM

Yesterday, Thursday 7th September, a short debate was held in the House of Lords in London. The debate was secured by Lord Shutt of Gretland.  The topic was “Transport and major infrastructure needs of Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands” In all, seven Lords/Ladies spoke in a very interesting debate.  The issues raised were of great importance to the British Islands in the South Atlantic.



Governor Lisa Phillips yesterday, Tuesday 5 September 2017, held a reception at Plantation House in celebration of the International Day of Charity, paying particular attention to charities on St Helena.

In HE’s opening speech, Governor Lisa Phillips paid special tribute to all members of charities on St Helena and thanked them – for in some way or another – giving back to the community. She also acknowledged that the staff at Plantation donates their time voluntarily for the fundraising events she holds at the house.

Community Development Organisation Director, Isha Harris, said:

“I find it absolutely amazing that on this relatively small Island we have 45 charities – one for every 100 people. It says such great things about the community – that so many are willing to go the extra mile. One thing I found to be different when it comes to charities is that most people do charity work with passion because they care deeply and because they want to make a difference.

“Let me encourage you that you are having a huge impact, you are making lives better, making the Island richer and more colourful and keeping St Helena heritage and culture intact. Thank you all for the part you play in making St Helena the wonderful place that it is.”

Chairperson of the Community Development Organisation, Kirsty Joshua, added:

“I chose to be a part of the Community Development Organisation to support all civil society across the Island, to support you and put what you represent and want to achieve in the spotlight. I would like to encourage growth in this area, but also pay tribute, not just to you, but to those before us and those that will come after us, that enable community development action, and not just tonight but every day and night to come.”

The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitising and mobilising people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.

In keeping with the theme, guests made donations to the Disabled Persons Charity and/or sponsored HE, who will be doing the Pink Walk for Cancer Awareness on Sunday, 15 October 2017.


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