Community radio, by its nature, struggles to access advertising and other forms of financing. Yet it remains a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector.
Community radio in South Africa began in 1994, when the county’s broadcasting authority began the continuing process of assessing and granting licence applications from groups as diverse as rural women’s cooperatives, Afrikaner communities and a variety of religious bodies.
The country now has over 100 community stations, broadcast in a number of languages.
The following is a quick rundown on South Africa’s community radio stations, arranged by province.
Listenership statistics supplied by the South African Advertising Research Foundation