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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.

Looking at Cannabis Use Disorders in Africa

By |2024-07-19T09:06:06+00:00July 18th, 2024|Features|

Amid the push for cannabis legalisation globally and the escalating drug use crisis in Africa, second year PhD student in the Department of Human Physiology at Nelson Mandela University, Musa Aminu, is pursuing critical research and awareness-raising about cannabis use disorders (CUD).

Boosting SA’s shortage of statisticians, mathematicians and physicists

By |2024-07-19T07:02:08+00:00July 18th, 2024|Features|

South Africa has a huge shortage of postgraduate statisticians, mathematicians and physicists. As a result, our universities do not have enough academics and researchers in these fields as many of the postgraduates are snapped up by industry. The financial sector and Johannesburg Stock Exchange, for example, seek out physics PhDs as they have a unique [...]

Southern Right whale mothers dropped 23% in body weight

By |2024-07-19T09:07:03+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Features|

From June to October the southern right whales give birth and nurse their calves in protected bays along South Africa’s southern Cape coast. The first aerial survey for 2023 on 28 August revealed 556 mothers with calves (1,112 whales) between Hermanus and Witsand.

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Honeybees are essential for food and job security

By |2023-02-27T07:31:16+00:00February 27th, 2023|Features|

Any decline in our honeybee populations is a direct threat to food and job security in South Africa’s extensive agricultural crop industry. ‘Over 50 agricultural crops, worth over R10,3 billion per annum to the South African economy, are pollinated by honeybees,’ says Shelly Fuller from the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF’s) Sustainable Agriculture Programme, [...]

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Free maths and science tutoring for all Grade 11 & 12 learners – Join now!

By |2023-01-30T13:36:37+00:00January 30th, 2023|Features|

Vuyani Chipunza never expected to become a maths and science celebrity, but these days he is stopped in the streets by learners asking if he is “that Vuyani from Yebo Tutor”. He most certainly is. He is one of several skilled tutors in the Centre for Broadband Communication (CBC) at Nelson Mandela University who livestream [...]

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Criminal to have food insecurity when govt policy can solve it

By |2022-12-20T06:48:04+00:00December 20th, 2022|Features|

‘We are confident that we can help to solve South Africa’s food insecurity crisis through our national FoodBanking model, but in order to achieve this, government has to put in place a food donations policy. We have requested this for years but nothing has been done.’ These are the words of Andy Du Plessis, the [...]

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The long journey to the Higgs boson and beyond – the power of collaboration

By |2022-12-20T06:39:15+00:00December 20th, 2022|Features|

  “Finding the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was all about the power of long-term research and collaboration in large science projects between large numbers of top physicists from many countries,” said Professor Peter Jenni, an experimental physicist at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland and the University of [...]

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We have to shock people and governments into facing the reality

By |2022-08-08T14:25:45+00:00August 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|

“We have to alert the world to the impending food security, livelihoods and marine ecosystems disaster in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), which extends from South Africa all the way up the east coast of Africa. We probably have about 15 years before things get very serious. It is not a lot of time if [...]

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Is the fox in charge of the hen house?

By |2022-08-09T05:41:20+00:00August 8th, 2022|Features|

On 30 May 2022, the Makhanda High Court in South Africa’s Eastern Cape reserved judgment in response to an application to set aside Shell’s Wild Coast exploration right in its entirety. While awaiting judgment to be delivered, this is what is at stake. The entire issue of prospecting or production for oil, gas or any [...]

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Largest ever Southern Ocean seabird and marine mammal tracking project calls for urgent conservation areas

By |2022-03-02T10:36:39+00:00March 1st, 2022|Features|

The largest research project ever undertaken by multiple nations using tracking data of seabirds and mammals over the entire Southern Ocean, calls for conservation areas to be urgently established. The findings from this international collaboration that were published in Nature are intended to inform spatial management across the entire Southern Ocean, to recommend where MPAs should be expanded or new MPAs created in areas of national jurisdiction as well as within the high seas where there is no national jurisdiction. The goal is to maximise biodiversity conservation in areas of ecological importance.

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