25 years and beyond
On the 9 August 2020, Bush Radio celebrates 25 years of legal broadcasting as Africa's oldest community radio station project.
The impact of the COVID19 pandemic has been felt by all.
With a lockdown in effect in South Africa, the work of Bush Radio has become even more
important. Whether this is highlighting the work of local artists or health messages the work of the the "Mother of Community Radio" needs to continue.
Help walk beside us as we navigate the future, your contribution is vital for the station to continue.
11 October 2019 UPDATE: We have had some requests for our direct banking details:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Bush Radio
Account Number: 07 122 0194
Branch Name: Mowbray
Branch Code: 004909
Bank address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Western Cape, South Africa, 7700
SWIFT address: SBZA ZA JJ
09 October 2019 UPDATE: The end of revolutionary radio in South Africa?
Always cutting edge, Bush Radio explores issues in an insightful and meaningful way, giving the people of Cape Town access to media that highlights their voices - through music, entertainment, social upliftment and getting hands-on with media training.
The wide range of programming includes human rights, LGBTIQ+, gender, labour, job opportunities, basic health care, entrepreneurship, and offering information deemed necessary by our communities.
Africa's oldest community radio station project, it was started in the 1980s by community activists and alternative media producers to explore ways in which grassroots media could be used for social upliftment and as an alternative voice during the apartheid era.
Today Bush Radio ensures it remains relevant, necessary and effects change through carefully curated media projects by working with partners to build dynamic programming. These projects include the Children's Radio Education Workshop, where children aged between 6 and 18 years going live on-air, and the Media Kidocracy Konference where children aged 12 and up are trained to produce media content.
As an incubator for new media talent, Bush Radio has trained many young people from the Cape Flats and beyond who have now moved on into the media industry and beyond, also helping to build young start-ups and artists.
The community media sector is struggling in South Africa and even though Bush Radio is engaging on various levels, including with the government, to find a solution, we need daily costs such as rent, transmission, communication and stipends for the young people to get on-the-job training covered.
Your contribution will go towards ensuring that young people have a place where they can get access to quality media training and experience and that Cape Town's communities continue to actively contribute to discussions around the issues affecting them.