947 (radio station)

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947 station logo.jpg
Broadcast areaGauteng (Terrestrial FM)
Africa (DStv Satellite )
SloganJoburg's No. 1 Hit Music Station
Frequency94.7 MHz
First air dateSeptember 1, 1964
OwnerPrimedia (private)
Sister stations94.5 Kfm
Webcast[rtmp:// Live stream] ([[Realumm Time Messaging Protocol|RTMP]])

947 (formerly 94.7 Highveld Stereo) is a radio station that broadcasts on the 94.7FM frequency from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.


The station first went on the air on September 1, 1964,[1] as the first SABC regional FM service, Radio Highveld. At that time the station broadcast hourly news bulletins and easy listening music. In September 1996 the SABC sold Radio Highveld to private enterprise.[2]

Today this station, along with a number of other radio stations in South Africa, is owned by Primedia.

On 1 September 2014 the station decided to drop the logo that they have been using for over a decade. The station is also no longer known as Highveld Stereo as the name changed to being just 947.

According to the latest BRC RAM figures shows that 947 has crossed the milestone of 1 million listeners per week. The survey indicated that 947 has 1,055,000 listeners, up from 704,000 year-on-year – a huge leap and one that makes 947 the biggest regional station in Gauteng.

Format and Programming[edit]

According to SAARF, 947 (formerly 94.7 Highveld Stereo) is ranked as South Africa's 15th most listened to radio station, with an average weekly listenership of 1.2 million people.[3]

The target listener demographic is aimed at 25- to 40-year-olds, and as such the station tends to play contemporary "soft" rock, and current pop hits, but has moved away from playing the classic hits, which was consistent with their format up until a programming overhaul in 2010.

947 plays South African Music that record companies push, although the station has refused on many occasions to play any Afrikaans music. Other services to listeners include news bulletins and traffic reports for Johannesburg and Pretoria, although the frequency of these reports have often been criticised by listeners as being too frequent and annoying.

Breakfast Show History[edit]

The Rude Awakening[edit]

Once Radio Highveld was sold by the SABC, The "Rude Awakening" took over from the Mike Mills Show as the station's breakfast show. The show ran from 1997 to 2010 and featured Jeremy Mansfield as the anchor host, supported by (among others) Sam Cowan, Paul Rotherham, Graeme Joffe, Harry Sideroppolis, and Darren Simpson. In July 2010 Mansfield was stated that "The show needs to move forward and I don't see a role for myself in the new product offering. Management and the board have asked if I would assist with off air initiatives, which I am happy to do for the foreseeable future.".[4] The format of the new breakfast show remained largely unchanged with the rest of the original team remaining as is.

The Breakfast Xpress[edit]

On 2 August 2010 the station revamped the morning show by renaming it Breakfast Xpress[5] and appointing Darren Simpson as the new front-man in place of Jeremy Mansfield. The show has been criticised for its childish nature, unprofessionalism, and poor production.[6] In 2017, Simpson announced that he will be leaving the breakfast show in order to spend more time with his family, but that he would nonetheless still host the station's drive-time show.[7] This left listeners feeling confused and lied to when they discovered that Simpson was to be the new host of sister station KFM's Breakfast Show as well as the afternoon drive show on 947.[8]

947 Breakfast Club[edit]

On 2 March 2017 it was announced that Anele Mdoda will be taking over the Breakfast show from 3 April 2017 with her existing crew – Alex Caige, Thembekile Mrototo, and Cindy Poluta – they welcomed a brand new member to the team: Frankie du Toit.[9]

Lineup as of 2019[edit]


  • 01:00 - 05:00 Essential 947
  • 05:00 - 06:00 Early Mornings with Alex Caige
  • 06:00 - 09:00 947 Breakfast Club
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Andy Maqo
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Ayanda MVP
  • 15:00 - 19:00 The Greg and Lucky Show
  • 19:00 - 22:00 The 947 Night Show with Zweli and Mantsoe
  • 22:00 - 00:00 947 Date Night


  • 01:00 - 04:00 Various
  • 04:00 - 07:00 Nick Xplicit
  • 07:00 - 10:00 947 Weekend Breakfast with Hulisani and Lusky
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Coca-Cola Top 40 SA with Zweli and Manstoe
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Mmasea Petje
  • 18:00 - 21:00 947 Bloc Party with Karabo
  • 21:00 - 01:00 947 Bloc Party with Chrizz Beatz Explicit


  • 01:00 - 04:00 Various
  • 04:00 - 07:00 Various
  • 07:00 - 10:00 947 Weekend Breakfast with Hulisani and Lusky
  • 10:00 - 18:00 Various
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Eunite with Euphonik
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Karabo Ntshweng
  • 22:00 - 01:00 Various


Joburg Day[edit]

Joburg Day is Johannesburg's biggest concert featuring only local artist from across South Africa.

Big Concerts[edit]

947 together with Big concerts over the years has brought some of the worlds biggest international artists such as Justin Bieber, The Scipt, Ed Sheeren, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Guns and Roses, One Direction and One Rebulic.

Ultra South Africa[edit]

947 is the official media partner for Ultra South Africa, Africa's largest electronic music Festival.

Charity work[edit]

947 is well known for sponsoring and promoting many charity and social events in Gauteng, including the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge and the Rude Awakening Christmas Wish, although their commercial interests are always given priority.

On Friday, (7 Oct 2016) Darren spoke to Caylum's mother Samantha about Caylum's condition, which is precarious, and the progress of their fundraiser, which had already reached a R4 million. Darren urged any listeners who could, to donate to get Caylum to Boston.

Within an hour, over R1,5 million had been pledged. Friends of the show including musician Daniel Baron called in as did hundreds of others. Families donated; a man donated his R100 000 nest egg; pensioners; students as well as companies big and small all pledged. By the end of the show, once all the donations have been tallied R3,8 million had been raised, more than double what was needed for this trip to Boston.

The Breakfast Xpress team visited the residents of Kwaggaspoort to hand over R10 000 worth of products. A further R120 000 in cash and products will also be donated to residents over the next 12 months.

Kwaggaspoort Reddingsdaad strives to help those less privileged by providing them with a temporary but safe livelihood until they can become independent members of society. Most people who seek help from Kwaggaspoort Rescue Center have no possessions and are unemployed. Many of them have not eaten in days, some have children with them and quite often, it is the elderly whose family and friends are not able to look after them.

The Rescue Center consists of three houses which accommodates about 100 people. Over and above, Kwaggaspoort Rescue Center looks after 34 families as well as the elderly by providing them with food, clothing and other basic needs.

947's Darren received a heartwarming email from a caring sister asking the team to please help her ill brother to fulfill his bucket list. Among other things, he would like to meet the 947 Breakfast Xpress team, swim with dolphins, have lunch with Kurt Darren, have a flying experience, going to the planetarium and more. Within a few an hour the city of Joburg came together to tick of his bucket list.

947 also hosts the annual Christmas wish where they help those in need.

Legal actions[edit]

Zuma vs. Highveld[edit]

In response to Darren Simpson's parody of South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma's ongoing rape trial of 2006 –for which Zuma was acquitted– Zuma filed a defamation lawsuit on 30 June 2006, for the sum of R 5 million.[10][11] Zuma originally filed for R 2 million, but this was upped when Highveld Stereo re-broadcast the allegedly offensive skit.

702 and 94.7 vs. Forum of Black Journalists[edit]

In early 2008 Highveld together with their sister station Radio 702 submitted a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission after the Forum of Black Journalists refused white journalists entry to a lunch with ANC President Jacob Zuma.[12]

Broadcast time[edit]

Listenership figures[edit]

Estimated Listenership[14]
7 Day Ave. Mon-Fri
Feb 2013 1 380 000 708 000
Dec 2012 1 354 000 679 000
Oct 2012 1 421 000 717 000
Aug 2012 1 522 000 776 000
Jun 2012 1 450 000 736 000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MediaLibrary's History of SA Media...Media Sector...Broadcast". IBIS Media Data Services (Pty) Ltd. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  2. ^ Alexander, Mary. "South Africa's radio stations". SAinfo. Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.saarf.co.za/rams-commercial/2016/RAMS%20MAR%202016-Audience%20National.pdf
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Whackhead has own breakfast menu". News24. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  6. ^ "My Christmas Wish". News24. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  7. ^ "Anele and Whackhead switch spots on 947". Channel. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ "KFM line-up shuffle shocks". Channel. 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  9. ^ "After 14 years Darren Simpson leaves 947 to focus on KFM". Channel. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  10. ^ "Zuma to sue SA media for libel". BBC. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  11. ^ Swart, Werner (2006-07-03). "Zuma sues media". The Citizen. Archived from the original on 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  12. ^ "In respect of its public hearing relating to the Forum of Black Journalists and the issue of exclusive organisations" (PDF). Primedia Broadcasting. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  13. ^ The Annual Guide to Radio in South Africa (AdVantage 2012). Media 24. 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-05-23.
  14. ^ SAARF RAMS (Presentations)

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Coordinates: 26°06′08″S 28°03′22″E / 26.102123°S 28.056134°E / -26.102123; 28.056134