Bondo Ntuli, head of programming at Johannesburg youth oriented radio station YFM , has resigned following a spate of high profile resignations that have plagued the station, writes Bongani Mdakane in City Press

He becomes the umpteenth person to quit the troubled Gauteng youth station that has been plagued by mass resignations of its top staff, including DJs, reporters and marketing personnel.

In a shock move Ntuli, the station's programmes manager, jumped ship on Tuesday and leaves the Rosebank, Johannesburg-based radio station immediately.

Bondo's departure follows a ­series of other resignations by staff members, some of whom served the station since its inception in 1997.

Sources at the troubled radio station told City Press that Bondo ­resigned due to differences with new CEO Kanthan Pillay.

"Since Kanthan arrived at Yfm, things are not cool at all. Besides the DJs and known faces, most of the staff in sales and marketing have left because of his style of management," said one of the sources.

City Press spoke to Bondo on Friday afternoon. He said: "Yes it is true that I have resigned. I was not happy with the way senior management was controlling things.

"I believe in new-school management and the senior management believes in old-school management, so I decided to resign."

He added: "The entire programming department is collapsing due to resignations of key players in that department. Now the DJs are left to fend for themselves."

However sources told City Press that Bondo had differences with Pillay over programming and he was not happy when former Yfm imaging director Shonisani "Shabba" Muleya and music manager Nutty Nys resigned.

Pillay joined the youth station in 2005 as an acting station manager after former station manager Greg Maloka and then marketing manager Kim Thipe were fired.

He left the station to join after Bondo was appointed head of programming, but rejoined the station in April this year as CEO.

Whilst Pillay was with, it was reported that he had differences with Phat Joe, who was quoted as saying working for was "like being in Afghanistan."

Pillay has denied the staff exodus is a result of his management style or interference with the programming.

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