Simon Dingle

Technology pundit

Don't call Simon Dingle a journalist; it doesn't do justice to his 24/7 love affair with all things techno. Describe him as a "technology pundit� and he's happy. The former Tuks FM station manager travels the country � and the world � seeking out the latest gadgets. "I'm passionate about the potential of technology to change peoples' lives, especially in Africa,� he says. It's exhausting just reading Dingle's work schedule: on Monday he produces the ZA Tech Show podcast, Tuesday sees him at Finweek magazine and on Thursday he's behind the microphone at 5FM. In between he contributes to Live Out Loud and And if there's any time left he enjoys hosting techno events where he can encourage others to "have fun and games� with the newest apps available. "Things grew organically. My career has taken shape around my passions,� he says. Radio was certainly one of those passions � especially while he was at university, where it kept him "sane through the inanity of academia�. Music was � and is � another lifeline and he was arts and entertainment editor for SL Magazine before technology finally seduced him. A Linux user since he was a teenager, Dingle still loves its "flexibility�. No wonder he jumped at the chance to write a chapter about Mark Shuttleworth for the book South Africa's Greatest Entrepreneurs. Dingle loves South Africa ("my dream country: there is nowhere else I would rather live�) but also feels like a citizen of the world. He's excited that the ZA Tech Show has an increasingly international audience. In his whirlwind existence there is one certainty: his children. They're an "inexhaustible source� of energy and when he finds himself at home he loves cooking for them. And when they're tucked up in bed? He jumps into his Alfa Romeo GT to sample some Jo'burg nightlife. � Sipho McDermott

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