Professor Heinz Beckedahl is a Professor of Physical Geography in the Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Planning at the University of Swaziland (now Eswatini), after retiring from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he served for more than 26 years, and where he is still an honorary research associate. He has recently also been appointed as an extraordinary member of staff in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Mateorology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interest lies in Applied Geomorphology and in geomorphic processes, with a special interest in rehabilitation and the prevention and the management of land degradation. Prof Beckedahl is an established researcher with more than 85 publications to his name, including 3 books. He has supervised in excess of 45 Masters and more than 15 PhD students to completion, four of whom were registered at highly respected universities in Germany. He has served (and continues to serve) on several national and international committees relevant to his field of interest.