Hi, I’m Alexander

I’m a freelance writer and editor based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.



My reportage spans everything from politics and business, to culture, travel, food and design.

I’m MONOCLE‘s southern Africa correspondent and frequently contribute to British Airways’s inflight magazine, High Life and the South African financial daily Business Day. I previously served as editor-at-large and books editor at the latter’s luxury lifestyle supplement, WANTED.

My byline has also appeared in newspapers such as the Sunday Times (South Africa) and Mail and Guardian and for magazines such as House and Leisure, Sawubona, Marie Claire SA and African Decisions.


I edit AERODROME, a literary journal I founded with creative director Djameela Daniels in July 2013. We publish book reviews, author interviews, as well as original short stories and poetry.

I also edited and project managed the pilot issue of Rhino Africa Safaris’ travel magazine, Africa Traveller.


I studied a degree in branding communications, specialising in copywriting, at Vega. I work with brands such as Spier Wine Farm to craft punchy, precise and evocative copy ranging from press releases to blog posts and marketing mailers. Other brands I’ve worked with include:

  • Sportscene
  • Archive
  • Daffonchio & Associates Architects
  • American Express Centurion
  • The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Creative Writing

My short stories have been published in The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi) and Adults Only (Mercury), the 2014 National Arts Festival Short.Sharp.Stories competition’s anthology.

What else?

From June 2010 to June 2011, I was an assistant to Tyler Brûlé, the editor-in-chief of MONOCLE, in London. I was a writing coach for the Democratic Alliance’s Young Leadership Programme from 2010 to 2014 and served as poetry convenor of the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival.

About alexandermatthews.net

Here I occasionally post articles published in print (both new and old). If you’d like to see PDFs of published magazine pieces, take a look at my clippings folder.

Get in touch.

Drop me a line: alexgmatthews(at)gmail.com

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