Radio veteran Ravi Naidoo has been named as the new 947 Station Manager after the departure of Thando Makhunga.
947 – Johannesburg’s leading commercial station – on Tuesday said Makhunga was leaving to take on a new broadcasting opportunity outside radio.
Programming guru, Naidoo, steps up into this role as station manager with effect from 8 November.
“In welcoming Ravi to 947, I am excited by the opportunity to leverage Ravi’s creativity and deep experience of broadcasting gained over the past 30 years in radio,” said Primedia Broadcasting’s Chairperson Geraint Crwys-Williams.
“I have no doubt that through Ravi’s intuitive understanding of the brand, his programming excellence and commercial understanding, 947 will enhance its response to the many opportunities the market is presenting.”
Accepting the appointment, Naidoo said: “I am excited by the vision for the Primedia Broadcasting business and specifically for 947. It’s great for me to be taking on such an important leadership role.
“I am looking forward to working with the team to deliver awesome music radio, grow our listenership and offer even more compelling propositions to our advertisers.”
Commenting on the outgoing station manager, Crwys-Williams, said: “Thando [Makhunga] has been instrumental in 947’s ability to effectively respond to the unprecedented challenges brought on by covid.
“Under her leadership, the station has demonstrated dexterity through challenging times, identifying and pursuing new growth opportunities and sounding great on air.
“On behalf of the entire Primedia Broadcasting team, I thank Thando for her many contributions and wish her success with her new opportunity.”
Makhunga oversaw the successful migration of 947’s flagship music festival (Huawei Joburg Day) to the virtual eventing space and cemented the station’s refreshed presenter line-up earlier in the year.
“I will be taking up a broadcasting opportunity outside radio in due course, which I am very excited about,” said Makhunga.
“I have been afforded the most amazing opportunities at Primedia, worked with some phenomenal individuals, and been a custodian for one of the most innovative and creative radio stations in the country – I’m proud of the work 947 has done and the people who have devoted their time and passion to the brand.”