South African radio online
South Africa's most popular radio stations are available online, so you can tune into South African music, news and talk – no matter where you are in the world.
Live audio streaming for most stations in South Africa is provided by the AntFarm and by Net Dynamix. However, if you're planning to listen to the radio for an extended time, it's best to initiate it from the home page of the respective radio station (as listed below).
To listen live, you may need to download a special player:
Common problems and possible solutions:
- No connection: The station's server may be busy or down. Try again.
- Sound breaks up: Congestion on the Internet. Set the buffer in Windows Media Player to 30 seconds. This should give you a clearer and uninterrupted connection.
- Only getting static: Contact the station as their server may be down.
- No sound: be sure to check your volume! And you need enough dedicated Internet stream to receive the feed.
Listeners are able to choose how and when they listen to their favourite shows, and it is now also possible to listen to some stations on your mobile phone.
If you are listening via your mobile or cellphone, you may need to download the appropriate software on to your phone. Many stations also offer on-demand podcasts, which you can download off their websites.
Note: streaming audio can use a large amount of data. If you are on a limited-data contract, make sure you're monitoring your usage.
5FM's emphasis is on the latest music and South African youth trends. It broadcasts in
English to South Africa's metropolitan areas.
94.2 FM Jacaranda
One of the largest independent commercial stations broadcasting in Gauteng, Jacaranda
offers a mix of easy-listening adult contemporary music and news.
Kfm broadcasts adult contemporary music in the Western Cape and as far afield as
Alexander Bay and the Northern Cape.
94.7 Highveld Stereo
Highveld Stereo broadcasts a mix of contemporary music throughout Gauteng.
Home of kwaito and the "Y Generation", Y is the country's most popular youth station.
567 Cape Talk
Twinned with Johannesburg stalwart 702 Talk Radio, Cape Talk promises to bring you all
the news, views, sport, weather, traffic and information you need.
Algoa FM's music and news is broadcast to the entire Eastern Cape region.
newest station is a predominantly a music station, with news and talk.
English (70%) as well as Venda, Pedi and Tsonga.
Based on the UK station, Classic FM broadcasts classical music throughout Gauteng.
There are also lifestyle and business features, regular news, financial and sport updates
as well as interviews with local artists and composers.
DStv channel 157
East Coast Radio
East Coast broadcasts a mix of music and news to Durban and throughout KwaZulu-
Gagasi 99.5 FM
English and Zulu in KwaZulu-Natal, targeting funky young people with a mix of urban
Good Hope 94 - 97 FM
Cape Town's Good Hope FM plays contemporary music ranging from R&B, ballads and
pop through to hip hop, dance, jazz and old school.
Heart 104.9 FM
Heart 104.9 FM caters to an adult contemporary audience with a mix of music, news,
Kaya FM provides an African-focused adult contemporary and jazz format, with a mix of
music and talk, broadcasting throughout Gauteng.
Broadcast in English, Metro FM is the largest national commercial station in South
Africa, targeting 25- to 34-year-old black urban adults. Focus is on contemporary
international music – hip-hop, R&B, kwaito and more.
Seven frequencies serving Mpumalanga, MPower FM is an adult contemporary station,
with music and at least 50% regional news and information.
North West FM
Broadcasting in English and Tswana, North West FM plays contemporary and classic
OFM 94 - 97
An adult contemporary station broadcasting in the Free State.
Radio Pulpit broadcasts the gospel in all 11 languages.
Talk Radio 702
702 Talk Radio, based in Johannesburg, offers news, sport, business and actuality
programming – and lots of phone-in debate.
DStv Channel 156 or dial 083 900-0702 to listen via your mobile (note: VAS rates apply).
All public service stations, including the African language stations, are broadcast by the SABC, South Africa's national broadcaster. Visit the radio portal to listen live.
- Eastern Cape community stations
- Free State community stations
- Gauteng community stations
- North West community radio stations
- Western Cape community radio stations
The station's programming reflects its young target market and goes out in a mix of
English and Xhosa, with 60% music and 40% talk.
Broadcasting in the Greater Cacadu District, the station targets higher-income earners
with 60% talk in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
DStv channel 175
Link FM is a Christian station broadcasting from East London and targeting listeners
aged 21 and up, with programming made up of 80% music and 20% talk.
Rhodes Music Radio
The station broadcasts from the campus of Rhodes University in Grahamstown,
targeting young people in the area with diverse range of music and lively talk.
Broadcasting news in all offical languages, Karabo offers talk and entertainment.
1485 AM Radio Today Radio Today is a Johannesburg-based community radio station, targeting the "discerning and educated" listener. Website: www.1485.org.za
90.6 FM Stereo
The station broadcasts from Vereeniging, targeting an audience aged 20 to 50 with
multilingual programming made up of 20% talk and 80% music.
Impact Radio broadcasts from studios in Waterkloof Glen in Tshwane. Programming is
Christian, with 20% talk and 80% music.
Broadcasting from Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, Radio Islam aims to promote the
religion of Islam, and to dispel myths about Islam and Muslims in South Africa and
around the world.
Radio Pretoria broadcasts from Tshwane through 13
transmitters in towns in Gauteng,
Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.
Tuks FM, based in Pretoria, is a Greater Tshwane youth station, targeting people under
the age of 35 from all backgrounds. English and Afrikaans.
The station is owned by the University of Johannesburg and run by students on a
voluntary basis. While predominantly English, it includes Afrikaans and several
vernacular languages, with new music taking up 65% of airtime.
PUK FM 93.6
PUK FM 93.6 is the radio station of the University of the North West
Its aim is to entertain the students and community of Potchefstroom.
Bush Radio broadcasts to the Cape Flats, targeting coloured listeners aged 18 to 39, and
features music, community issues, news, interviews and drama.
Eden FM operates out of the Southern Cape town of George. It can be heard along the
coast and in the Karoo, providing music, entertainment, competitions, and promotions.
Fine Music Radio
The station broadcasts from Cape Town, targeting discerning
listeners over 35 with a
taste for fine art, jazz and classical music.
MFM broadcasts from Stellenbosch University to a largely student audience, and
features music and talk.
Radio Namakwaland 93.4fm
Radio Namakwaland is a Christian radio station broadcasting in the southern parts of
the Namaqualand. The programmes focus on the local community.
Reviewed: 4 June 2012
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