Author Archives: Alexander Matthews

Coal mine canary Brett Murray shows the elephant in room

The artist Brett Murray chats about his show Again Again, a profoundly personal response to the South Africa’s turbulent political milieu.

The Swazi hot sauce brand fired up about fair trade chilli

Black Mamba – a range of sauces, pestos and chutneys – is empowering organic famers in Swaziland.

Thania Petersen

Back to the front

Through her powerful artworks, Thania Petersen is reclaiming the dignity that colonialism denied her forebears.

Nick Megens (right) with fellow LM Radio DJ John Novik shortly after the Radio Palace siege was lifted in 1974.

LM Radio once broadcast the sounds of freedom into apartheid SA — now it’s back

The remarkable rebirth of LM Radio: Africa’s first commercial radio station and the forerunner to 5fm.

Jwaneng mine

Time for Botswana to confront hard economic truths

The country needs to make structural changes to the economy and lessen its dependence on diamonds.

Portrait of an artist without a home

Chuma Somdaka fled prejudice to live on a park bench. Now her art keeps her whole.

Saving mantas: a ray of hope

I came to Tofo in search of mantas. I left without seeing any — but with a profound admiration for the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s efforts to save these remarkable creatures.