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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.

Khanyile’s Unstoppable Afrikan Farms

By | November 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 | October 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 | September 19th, 2018|Profiles|

Justice Maya Mandisa 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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In the Footsteps of Acocks

By | September 19th, 2018|Profiles|

He was a gigantic, unsung character with unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of South African plant species, veld types and veld management. Landbou Weekblad salutes South African botanist and man of the veld, the late great John Acocks. By Heather Dugmore In the Footsteps of Acocks is the working title of a book about the contributions [...]

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A symbol of what South Africa can be

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

Nelson Mandela University, the only university in the world to carry Nelson Mandela’s name has its first woman Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa. She is joined by two other top-ranking women in leading the university: the new Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, and the new Chair of Council, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill. All three assumed their posts in [...]

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You owe it to yourself to give it a go

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

“Let me sit closer to you,” says Wits Business School MBA alumna Gail Kelly as we position ourselves around the imposing table in the VIP dining room at Wits Business School. This is the woman Forbes listed in 2010 as the eighth most powerful woman in the world; the first female CEO of Westpac, one [...]

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – 30th Anniversary of Grantmaking in South Africa 1988 – 2018

By | November 19th, 2018|Books|

The New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded numerous research projects in the Arts and Humanities at South African Universities to strengthen and promote the contributions to human flourishing and the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. Click here to view

Boring the pants off life’s miracles

By | April 10th, 2018|Features|

From the wildebeest migration to the ice floes of Alaska, we are so inundated with hype and overbaked replays that life’s miracles have become boring. “Oh whaaaw they’re approaching the Maaahwra – look at all those craaacs just waiting for them,” we’re told as the camera zooms in on yet another wildebeest migration crossing the [...]

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The Day That People Felt Free

By | October 23rd, 2017|Columns, Features|

It has been 46 years since the first Free Peoples Concert was held at Wits in 1971. Back then, as always, music was a way for everyone to imagine and be part of a different South Africa – starting on campus. It was South Africa’s Monterey, Haight-Ashbury, Woodstock; a platform for counterculture with music as [...]

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Four Fish or 15000 Fish – the choice is in our hands

By | October 23rd, 2017|Features, Green|

Stocks of some of our iconic angling fish species – such as red and white steenbras, black musselcracker, dageraad, kabeljou (kob) and seventy-four – are now so overexploited that they fall within the red list of threatened species as tracked by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Professor Nadine Strydom a marine [...]

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