Toby Shapshak is the editor of Stuff magazine and a columnist for The Times newspaper. He has been the Mail & Guardian’s technology (three times) and sports editor (twice), ran the M&G website when it was the first news site in Africa, covered the Truth Commission and shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president.
A former senior newspaper reporter covering everything from crime to politics he has been writing about technology, the internet and the impact it has on our lives for more than 10 years ago for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, ThisDay, The Financial Mail and The Weekender. He broke the Hansie Cronje “the devil made me do it story” for the M&G.
In 2009 Shapshak, who was the ICT Journalist of the Year for 2002, was named in GQ’s top 30 men in media and the M&G’s 300 influential young South Africans list.
He was a contributing editor and Joburg bureaux chief for GQ magazine for nearly ten years and was digital publisher of media giant Avusa’s magazine division, for whom he launched Stuff in 2007. He is a contributing editor to Business Day’s Wanted magazine.
He continues to run his own company, Maven Media, where he has managed major website projects and published numerous magazines for blue chip clients. These include Nokia, FirstRand Group, MultiChoice, Microsoft, Internet Solutions, Accenture, Absa Bank, Edgars, Incredible Connection and Netstar. Maven Media have also managed the official host country World Summit on Sustainable Development website for South Africa and redesigned the entire Standard Bank website’s content, including several other divisions.