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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.

A Living Philosophy for Africa

By |2019-09-02T05:55:55+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Features, Profiles|

“You can’t biologise or racialise culture. My idea of knowing myself in the world is African, but my skin colour is not the determinant. This reduction of people to one template of colour is vicious racism and something that was weaponised by history. But it is not culture. Culture is a complex of multi-layered realties [...]

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And Then There Was One – the Last Knysna Elephant

By |2019-09-02T05:51:45+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Features, Green|

Only one elephant remains in the Knysna forest and surrounding fynbos: a mature female. There is enormous pathos and tragedy in this finding as she is the last truly wild, free roaming elephant in South Africa and the southernmost in the world. The finding was recently published in a scientific article titled And Then There [...]

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India Rapidly Gearing Up

By |2019-06-25T04:12:30+00:00June 25th, 2019|Features, Green|

“India is rapidly gearing up its blue economy and its ocean sciences research,” says Hyderabad-based Dr Satheesh Shenoi, director of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, and co-chairperson of the IIOE-2 steering committee. “We are building more ports and harbours so that many more goods can be transported by ship, which is far [...]

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SA & Norway lead fight against organised fisheries crime

By |2019-06-24T12:27:22+00:00June 24th, 2019|Green|

Organised crime with a link to the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth. “Countries are being deprived of taxes; citizens of jobs, food and income; and fisheries and environments are being destroyed. Africa [...]

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SA’s first boat-based whale-watching study

By |2019-06-24T08:18:02+00:00December 1st, 2018|Features, Green|

Bottlenose and common dolphins, the endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, southern right, humpback and Bryde’s whales, South Africa has them all, and people come from all over the world to experience them up close in the oceans off our south-east coastline, where boat-based whale-watching operators offer up close encounters with our dolphins and whales. Over [...]

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Titanic task of tackling marine plastic pollution

By |2019-06-24T08:18:02+00:00December 1st, 2018|Green|

From 3 to 7 December 2018, experts from all over the world are meeting in Geneva to develop a globally binding agreement on marine plastic pollution and to stop the deluge of plastics in all natural environments. Globally, WWF is one of the key actors driving the plastic initiative to convince governments to endorse a global [...]

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Luxury Africa – MaXhosa by Laduma

By |2019-06-24T08:18:02+00:00December 1st, 2018|Features, Profiles|

You can see the first light of day on the tips of the cattle’s horns; you can hear the downtown hustle and the chants of the Xhosa ancestors; you can feel the rolling rhythms of the Eastern Cape; you can touch the world through its folds: London, Paris, Milan, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Tokyo, [...]

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Khanyile’s Unstoppable Afrikan Farms

By |2019-06-24T08:18:02+00:00November 6th, 2018|Farming, Features, Green|

In September, Afrikan Farms (Pty) Ltd, situated in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, was announced the winner of the Agricultural Research Council’s National Commercial Beef Producer of the Year for 2018. In October Afrikan farms received the Pick n Pay Rudd Award for The Producer With The Most Progress Shown Over The Last Decade. The founder and Chairperson [...]

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Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos as Climate Change Heroes

By |2019-06-24T08:18:02+00:00October 29th, 2018|Features, Green|

By Heather Dugmore Africa’s unique megaherbivores - elephants, rhinos and hippos - could potentially play a major role in mitigating climate change, says Distinguished Professor Graham Kerley, Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology at Nelson Mandela University. He is one of six authors of a paper attracting global attention that was published on [...]

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The Responsibility of Determining People’s Lives

By |2019-09-09T05:22:58+00:00September 19th, 2018|Profiles|

Justice Mandisa Maya is the first woman President of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, which dates back to 1910. “The most challenging aspect of being a judge is the enormous responsibility you carry in resolving society’s disputes and determining people’s lives, including whether a person must go to prison for life,” says Justice Maya. [...]

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