Jozi FM DJs are left with no pay

DISC jockeys at popular Soweto radio station Jozi FM are angry after management failed to pay their salaries this month.

DISC jockeys at popular Soweto radio station Jozi FM are angry after management failed to pay their salaries this month.

They were supposed to have been paid on April 25.

"How do they expect us to survive? I have bills piling up," said a presenter.

He said he was also worried about his monthly debit orders. He said that normally when payday fell on a weekend they would be paid the Friday before. In this case they were to be paid on April 23.

According to the presenter, the staff were only given the bad news last Wednesday, just two days before they were due to be paid.

"I bought new clothes and attended the South African Music Awards just as my job requires," the presenter said.

"They should have told us about this a long time ago, not when it suits them."

According to a memo sent to staff by management, the station did not make money because presenters did not play some adverts as expected.

"It is rather unfortunate that due to the non-playing of the adverts in January, our clients are refusing to make payment.

"This is rather unfortunate and as discussed in December we need all the money we can get and our clients are the only source of income.

"In view of this, we are unable to pay salaries and payments this month," the memo reads.

It further states that payments will be made "as and when monies become available".

Another presenter said he could not understand how he could broadcast his slot without playing advertisements.

"When I come in, there is a log sheet that shows which adverts are to be played and their specific times.

"Can they tell me how many I played or did not play and at what time?" asked the presenter.

Chief executive of the station Nono Mchunu, pictured, said she was "busy with something" and would respond to Sowetan "later in the evening".

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