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The People’s Airwaves – culture and challenges of community radio


Bush Radio‘s Programme Integrator, Adrian Louw will be participating in an online event hosted by the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bengaluru, India.

The event is called “The People’s Airwaves” and is part of MAP’s series Beyond Borders; which brings global practitioners and experts in conversation with each other, reimagining the meaning and significance of borders by blurring the boundaries between different genres and media, and exploring people and spaces that cross imagined borders.

Register to be part of the event.

Hip Hop Tuesday on #BushRadio


Hip Hop Tuesday is back on the original home of hip hop – Bush Radio 89.5FM – tune in every Tuesday from 8am, and check out live performances, free styles and more.

Winter Advertising Specials #BushRadio


Ask any gardener and they will tell you that winter is the best time to prepare for a bumper summer harvest. The same is true with business – so we have released our winter advertising specials to make your small business grow.

Contact Wayne on 0214483277 or email for more information.

Package 1:

13 x 30 second adverts

Cost R1,200.00 + VAT = R1,380.00

Package 2:

27 x 30 second adverts

1 x 5 minute interview

Cost: R3,900.00+ VAT = R4,485.00

Package 3:

52 x 30 Second adverts

1 x 7 minute interview

Cost: R5,400.00 + VAT = R6 210.00

Package 4:

103 x 30 second adverts

1 x 8-minute interview

1 x social media posting

Cost: R11,500 + VAT = R13,225.00

Terms & Conditions:

•             Offer valid until 30 August 2022

•             Full payment to secure booking

•             Social Media Campaigns available

•             VAT at 15%

Click here for Bush Radio’s demographics and regular rates


Radio is thriving in South Africa: 80% are tuning in

Do you like needles? (Video) #WorldNoTobaccoDay


In support of #WorldNoTobaccoDay the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa came to do Health Risk Assessments #HRA for BushRadio trainees, staff and volunteers – because of the importance we did them even if we don’t like needles 🙂

Let’s support each other in getting healthier.


Even if we hate needles – our health is important. Health Assesments at #BushRadio thanks to Heart + Stroke Foundation #worldnotabaccoday

♬ original sound – BushRadio

Start your media journey with us (Volunteer Internships)


Bush Radio, Africa’s leading volunteer-driven community radio station is opening applications for internships for those interested in getting into media.

No prior experience or formal qualification is required.

The internship will provide basic experience and training in journalism, radio content production and multimedia.

Read the requirements below CAREFULLY.

Are you…

Curious, adventurous, always looking for a story, willing to hunt down a source, hungry to learn, energetic, able to speak, write and read in English & Afrikaans/Xhosa, willing to explore new frontiers in media?

Would you like to…

Record sound, conduct interviews, compile bulletins, read bulletins, take pictures, record video, cover events, test your skills LIVE to a FM and online audience of over 275 000 people, generate interview ideas, liaise with guests, assist presenters, research, package and present, liaise with listeners regarding programmes, updating blogs/websites, present as needed/capable, participate in outside broadcasts or events, build your career and profile?


  • No formal qualifications are required but the candidates must have basic computer literacy and understand, write and read English and one other language (Afrikaans or Xhosa)
  • You will be required full-time (i.e. Monday – Friday) or shifts (06h00 – 14h00 and 10h00 –18h00 –including weekend and public holiday shifts depending on the area you are placed.
  • You must be available to start immediately.
  • Cape Town- based
  • Not currently a full-time student or learner
  • You will not receive payment! This is a volunteer position.
  • Transport allowance of R1000 per month for 3 months (probation), increased to R 1500 thereafter, non-negotiable for 9 months.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be put through a combination written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and a voice test.

How to submit your application:

Only emailed applications will be considered.

Download and complete the CV Application, attach documentation (certificates etc) and email to

In the subject line clearly state: Intern intake April 2022 (Your Name + Surname)

Application deadline: 24 April 2022

Download application (CLICK HERE)

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – No correspondence will be entered into.

If you have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date you should consider your application unsuccessful.


Working at Radio Station and what it taught me

Former BushRadio intern on 60Minutes

Radio is thriving in South Africa: 80% are tuning in

How you leave #BushRadio after an interview


Western Cape Cadets were at Bush Radio for an interview and they did this for us after.

Radio is thriving in South Africa: 80% are tuning in

Cecilie Arcurs/Getty Images

Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town

Almost three decades into democracy, radio is thriving in South Africa. Radio listenership in the country is consistently higher than the global average. And it in fact increased during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the past two years.

This is perhaps not surprising given that radio acts as a companion and that people were confined to their homes and so more likely to tune in, more often. But during the pandemic, radio has also played an important role in bringing educational broadcasts to youth who did not have access to the internet. People also listened to radio station podcasts during lockdown, and podcast listenership in South Africa is also higher than the global average.

Despite South Africa’s divisive history, I have argued that this is because radio listening provides background texture to everyday life. It’s a social activity which reminds people that there is a social world “out there” and helps them link to it.

The numbers

Radio is a universal mass medium in South Africa, since more people have access to radio receivers and broadcasts than they do television sets. In fact, radio remains the most popular and pervasive medium across the continent. This is despite the proliferation of cellphones, the growth of social media apps and on-demand streaming music services.

One might assume that fewer people would listen to the radio given these technological innovations. But the most recent measurement figures show that radio audiences in South Africa continue to grow.

In 2021, about 80% of South Africans had tuned into a radio station within the last week, with most people still listening on traditional radio sets. There are 40 commercial and public broadcast stations and 284 community stations in South Africa.

Radio audience numbers in South Africa have not declined as they have in North America, due to an increase in streaming service options. There is, in particular, high listenership among young people, who listen to radio as a source of both news and companionship.

Vernacular radio

World Radio Day is a good time to reflect on the role of the medium in a country like South Africa, characterised by inequality and a ethnically divisive history under apartheid.

Historically, South African broadcasting has not provided a common space of public communication, but instead reinforced notions of separateness, in line with apartheid narratives of difference. As I argued in my book Broadcasting Democracy, people “consume” radio, making strategic choices about which stations to tune into on the basis of their personal or group identities.

Commercial music radio stations in particular are still often seen and sometimes even explicitly framed along racial lines. There is a plethora of radio stations in all 11 official languages available at the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

South African scholar Liz Gunner has shown how a station like the Zulu language Ukhozi FM has been significant in connecting with urban and rural listeners to navigate post-apartheid Zulu identity. Ukhozi FM has the highest radio listenership with nearly 8-million listeners. While during apartheid language and ethnic differences were used as a means to segregate citizens, today these are celebrated as part of a diverse “rainbow nation”.

The public sphere

Despite the continued popularity of vernacular radio, English-language talk radio stations and shows still attract African language speakers who frequently phone in and participate. This could be linked to the dominance of English-language media in South Africa and the fact that English media spaces are also often dominant.

In other words, despite the range of vernacular options, English stations are perceived as being sites of the public sphere and attract debate and conversation between a diverse range of South Africans.

A young man in bright blue shirt sits in a high tech radio studio.
YFM DJ Kutloano Nhlapo, 2017, Johannesburg. Leon Neal/Getty Images

Regardless of language, talk radio shows are booming with vibrant conversations, highlighting the important role of radio as a space to bring together geographically diverse South Africans to debate matters of social and political importance.

Aside from identity, radio also plays a key role as a companion for people, as in this study where the majority of youth said that radio “keeps me company”. Another recent study confirmed that listeners often see their preferred radio station as a companion and feel a deep connection with both the station and its DJs.

Social media

While traditional listenership is growing in South Africa, people are also listening more online and interacting with radio stations in different ways, for example via social media platforms.

Whereas in the past listeners could only access radio hosts via calling in to the station, they can now easily and instantly reach them via apps like Twitter. And equally instantly receive responses. While calling in to a station usually implies negotiating one’s way past a call screener or producer and engaging on a specific topic, Twitter communication is often more casual, relaxed and personal.

Radio is thus no longer a one-dimensional platform or “blind medium”, and this is a key contributing factor to its growth. And radio listeners are able to now communicate directly not only with the station, but also one another.

Community radio

And with 284 stations, the role of community radio in South Africa also remains key to continuing to build and consolidate democracy. Originally designed as the “voice of the voiceless”, community radio emerged as part of the liberalisation of the airwaves in the early 1990s. They were a key strategy in the repositioning of the apartheid-state media landscape.

Like many other organisations in the NGO sector, community stations have faced financial challenges after the withdrawal of international donor funds which sustained them during the apartheid period. But they are still flourishing, as evidenced by the large number of stations still in existence.

Stations like Bush Radio, the oldest community radio project in Cape Town, still boast an exciting lineup of alternative talk and music content. And smaller community projects like Rx Radio, a children’s radio project based at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, also play a key role in providing children’s entertainment produced by children themselves.

Radio plays a significant role in South Africa as form of education and entertainment. The diverse and vibrant range of stations is a unique feature of the South African media landscape.

Tanja Bosch, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Production, University of Cape Town

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

SONA2022 in pictures and video


From the protests, to fashion the Bush Radio news team brought us coverage from inside and outside the State of the Nation address. 2022 saw the first SONA outside of the Parliamentary precinct which was severely damaged in an alleged arson attack in January.

The Rainbow Table – other but together


Bush Radio with the support of The Other Foundation has been working with a number of organisations in developing a radio programme addressing violence towards the LGBTIQA+ community.

Part of the training will see the following people host and produce a radio programme for the first time with an introductory radio piece called “The Rainbow Table”.

Backchat on Bush Radio 89.5FM from 2pm till 3pm on Friday, 28 January 2022

Bush Radio was the first radio station in Africa to have a dedicated gay and lesbian focus radio programme called “In the Pink” which started in 1995 and was followed by “The Salon”.

Read more:

Power of pink radio

Coming out of the closet and into the pink

The Salon is a sexy, sincere and playful

Former BushRadio intern on 60Minutes

Micah (left) and Mkhuseli on Robben Island in 2015 when Bush Radio conducted radio workshops as part of the museum’s summer school

One of Bush Radio’s former interns Micah Loewinger – was featured in a 60 Minutes special for his reporting.

Micah interned at Bush Radio in 2015.

The New York Times described 60 minutes as the “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television”.

More about Bush Radio’s Foreign Internship Programme.

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