It was announced last week Ayanda Allie-Paine, who left the SABC’s Morning Live to join Power FM six months ago, has left the building . . .
Though she cited a busy schedule and having too many projects on her plate, sources close to the situation said something is fishy.
“Ayanda’s not the only one to leave the station abruptly. The station keeps securing the services of big names and broadcasters, but they never seem to last. I suspect something sinister with the station’s management,” a source said.
Another source said it’s clear there are management issues at the first black-owned talk radio station.
“With Ayanda, I know she wanted to leave sooner, but for some reason she kept pushing back her departure time. The fact she left mid-month, says a lot about the situation. But until those who leave speak out, there’s nothing we can do or say,” another source said.
Ayanda told Sunday Sun she’s left the station and that her last day was 15 September.
“Uunfortunately, I had to leave after six months, but I’ve been in talks with the station about my departure for a while now. I have to balance school work, being a mum and my projects. I already have a few job offers, but I won’t take on a job with a an 18-hour day. I need one that fits my schedule,” she said.
Power FM station manager Mpumelelo Mkhabela said: “Ayanda’s departure wasn’t abrupt, it was planned. Hence she bid farewell to her listeners on Thursday.
“We also announced her replacement. Refer to our media statement about her replacement Nokwazi Zimu née Tshabalala.”
About claims of something fishy going on, he referred us to the statement.