Author Archives: Alexander Matthews

In spite of BuzzFeed, it’s not all doom and gloom in American media

As some media organisations — many of them digital upstarts — struggle, others are quietly succeeding. What are they getting right?

Brexit: an uncertain separation

The date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is drawing ever nearer. What this exactly will entail and how it will affect South Africa is yet to be seen, but the UK says that, regardless, it is pushing for closer economic ties with Africa.

When the community wins, so does nature conservation

Working with the community has been key to making the Singita Grumeti concession, next to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, a success — both for the wildlife and local residents.

Dar es Salaam: a sultry city break

The service can be sullen, Uber is a nightmare and some flashy venues may be close to empty, but the city is a rewarding alternative to Zanzibar nonetheless.

Tanzania’s descent into despotism

John Magufuli came to power in Tanzania amid much fanfare. He’s done much in the way of reform — but the slow creep towards autocracy is concerning.

My 2018 books: a year of reading

The books that moved and inspired me this year (and that might move and inspire you too…).

Discovering a hidden corner of the Kruger on foot

Exploring the Kruger National Park’s extraordinary Pafuri region: a land of fever tree forests, ancient baobabs, dramatic gorgeous and stunning wildlife.