‘Radio salaries are pitiful’: Simmi Areff on how much he earned at 947.

‘Radio salaries are pitiful’: Simmi Areff on how much he earned at 947.

Award-winning comedian and podcaster Simmi Areff has opened up about how much he earned as a content producer at 947.

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Social media sensation Penny Ntuli’s outcry over her salary at Gagasi FM has sparked discourse around the radio industry pay grade. Comedian Simmi Areff is one of the media personalities who has come out to reveal how much he earned during his radio days at 947.


In an X post on Tuesday, 26 March, the award-winning comedian and podcaster said that for 2 years (between 2014 and 2016) he was paid R9 000 a month. Areff worked as a producer for the breakfast show on 947.

In addition, he said that he would not get leave and would not get paid if he did not work.

“Radio salaries are pitiful. I produced breakfast radio for R9000 a month at 947 for 2 years.

“No leave btw. I didn’t work, I didn’t get paid,” he added.


On Monday, Ntuli announced her resignation from KwaZulu-Natal-based radio station Gagasi FM. The 26-year-old, who has 1.6 million followers on TikTok, said that she was not happy with how much the station was going to pay her.

Ntuli shared a copy of her resignation letter to the station, as well as her new contract offer. The new contract offer reveals that Gagasi FM had given her the graveyard show on Sundays between 1:00 and 4:00. On offer was an amount of R711, 98 per show.

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The media personality said that she had “gladly accepted the new show” until she was told she would be getting paid R2 800 per month. According to the radio host, her new salary would have not been too far from what she was getting paid for the past two years.

“I felt embarrassed, but I calmed down and went back to management to ask them to review my salary. With that money, I won’t be able to do anything,” she said.

“During negotiations, my manager suggested I consider other options than being on air, this also killed my confidence.

“I decided to ask them not to renew my contract this year. I didn’t dump them because I have another offer, I didn’t dump them because I don’t like to work, those who know me, know how I love radio presenting and how much I love Gagasi FM. It’s true that I’m not coming back this year and I thank them for the opportunity,” she said.


Another radio host to leave the station is Khaya Dladla.

Fondly known as “your favourite queer of the airwaves,” the former Uzalo actor said he was leaving Gagasi FM because the trajectory of his personal brand is no longer aligned with that of the station. Dladla joined the radio station in 2018.

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