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Heather Dugmore

About Heather Dugmore

Heather Dugmore was born and raised in Johannesburg. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University, South Africa. She operates between her base in the Eastern Cape and her office in Johannesburg. Her writing reflects the diversity of her experience: from humour to environmental conservation to business to academic research. Heather contributes to leading newspapers, magazines, universities and corporates. She has produced, managed and edited content in all its multimedia forms – including books, features, photographs, websites, magazines, publications, reports, newsletters and brochures.

Wanting, seeking, crashing – The power of addiction

By | December 13th, 2016|Features|

Escalating numbers of people in South Africa and worldwide are addicted to substances and destructive behaviours. What causes addiction? Why is it on the increase? What can be done about it? It’s year-end – a time when most of us feel licensed to let go and indulge. The pact we make with ourselves is that [...]

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FishforLife – Fish for South Africa

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

Nobody is better at managing fish stocks than those who actually catch fish. This is what it says on CatchReport, launched in October 2016, where recreational anglers voluntarily contribute to conserving South Africa's fish stocks and oceans by adding and sharing their catch data. CatchReport is housed on the FishforLife website (www.FishforLife.co.za). This is such [...]

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SA’s groundbreaking solar charging system for electric vehicles

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

This is the near future for many commuters in South Africa: you’ll drive to work in your electric vehicle (EV), travelling for up to about 200kms on one charge. Once you are at work, you’ll plug the EV charger from your vehicle into a renewable energy charging unit - it’s as simple as plugging an [...]

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Supporting SA’s top Green Wines

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards are all about recognising and supporting quality green South African wines and winemakers who are committed to sustainable wine production, environmental conservation and staff empowerment. In October 2016 the Nedbank Green Wine Awards honoured several Cape winemakers who are leading the way globally in the green wine movement. Two of [...]

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Technology trends that will shape our lives

By | December 12th, 2016|Features|

Wits alumnus (BA 1984) Arthur Goldstuck, Head of World Wide Worx and Editor-in-chief of Gadget is a South African journalist, media analyst and commentator who talks to corporate audiences worldwide on technology trends that will shape the next decade. A school of pink jellyfish just floated through my world or I floated through theirs while [...]

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Nuclear site Thyspunt ‘Not Safe’ says top scientist

By | November 28th, 2016|Features|

It is not safe to build the proposed nuclear project at Thyspunt, and far more baseline research is required before any decisions should be made. These are the findings of a critical new research report released by the Africa Earth Observatory Network (AEON) institute at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. Based on [...]

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Will South Africa be the first to destroy its seabed?

By | October 17th, 2016|Green|

Phosphate mining of the seabed, known as bulk marine sediment mining, has never been done anywhere in the world and is a major concern for leading marine scientists worldwide. Yet South Africa is about to become the testing ground. Despite significant objections, the Department of Mineral Resources has granted three rights to prospect for marine [...]

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Is South Africa technically ready for the shale gas industry?

By | October 17th, 2016|Features|

This is the question addressed in a report released yesterday, titled ‘South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry’, commissioned and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The report, produced by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), with inputs from a panel of leading South African and international [...]

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The music of potential

By | October 17th, 2016|Corporate, Features|

The first time I visited the village of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape where the Keiskamma Music Academy is based, I was told about a man who traverses the coastal dunes on foot at night, creating patterns with his footprints in the sand. I was not at all sure if he was real but the [...]

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A future for a very different world

By | October 16th, 2016|Profiles|

 Heather Dugmore speaks to Wits alumnus Koos Bekker about communication, China and transition. Markets ebb and flow, but one constant that Naspers Chair Koos Bekker understands is that people need to connect with one another and the world. “Communication technology has transformed the globe in two short decades,” he says. “For example: of the businesses [...]

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