Heather Dugmore
Heather Dugmore2021-01-05T06:42:55+00:00
  • 100 000 years ago humans were smart

    Humans delight in creating patterns in the sand, and over 100 000 years ago it would appear we were no different. People were drawing triangles in the dunes along South Africa’s southern Cape coast. They had also mastered how to draw circles compass-style and sculpted something that closely resembles a stingray [...]

  • Legal protection for SA’s strategic water source areas

    Ten percent of South Africa’s land area, mostly in the high mountain catchments along the eastern escarpment, generates 50% of the volume of water in all our river systems. This was identified in a substantial research document produced in 2013 by WWF-SA, the Water Research Commission and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, which [...]

  • It’s Time To Recalibrate

    Professor Zeblon Vilakazi takes up his appointment as Wits University’s 15th Vice-Chancellor in January 2021. A nuclear physicist, it’s in the nature of his research to understand life from the smallest particle to the cosmos. His cultural perspective is equally expansive as he communicates in six languages: isiZulu, Sesotho, English, Afrikaans, French and German. He reads [...]


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.

She is the author of several books including:

  • Big Cats of Mala Mala, a large-format coffee table book with photographs by Roger and Pat de la Harpe, which narrates a year of living with the big cats and an exploration of the lion, leopard and cheetah in African mythology.
  • Muthi & Myths from the African Bush explores indigenous medicinal plants and cultural knowledge systems in Africa through the storytelling medium.
  • Shamwari: Soul of the Earth explores conservation entrepreneurialism, environmental sustainability and the role of wild places in the survival of our planet.
  • The WWF-Nedbank Green Trust’s 25th Anniversary Book. This book documents the wide range of projects, from terrestrial and marine conservation to national policy and climate change initiatives that The WWF-Nedbank Green Trust has sponsored since its inception.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – 30th Anniversary of Grantmaking in South Africa 1988 – 2018. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded numerous research projects in the Arts and Humanities at South African Universities to strengthen and promote human and environmental well-being in diverse, democratic societies.