Author Archives: Alexander Matthews

The curious case of Mala Mala

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about SA’s most expensive land claim is that it should have never gone ahead at all.

Protecting ecosystems while redressing land dispossession

With conservation sitting uneasily alongside redress in SA, attempts to ensure restitution for communities evicted from their land under apartheid – government-owned and private – have met with mixed success.

South Africa’s land restitution process explained

A pithy primer.

Kruger Park science centre aims to inspire a passion for ecology

South Africa has no shortage of problems facing its astonishingly rich biodiversity, from climate change and habitat encroachment to pollution and poaching. Skills and knowledge are required to meet these challenges, and helping to address the shortage of both is the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI), a state-of-the art science facility in the Kruger National Park’s administrative hub.

Hot Air Ballooning Above Elephants

An exhilarating aerial safari in Zambia’s Kafue National Park.

What Working on a Remote Scottish Farm Gave Me

Two weeks of physical labour left me with far more than just dirt under my fingernails.

Books, books, glorious books: my 2019 highlights

A year of rewarding reading.

Listen up! The year in podcasts

Favourites from a year of listening.

Decoding the Past to Understand the Present

An interview with World War Two historian Sir Antony Beevor.

Being a Writer F*cks Up Your Life

Craig Higginson discusses his exquisite novel, “The Dream House”, writing practice and much more.