Top 20 most popular radio stations in South Africa

Despite the rise of new technologies such as streaming and improved broadband connectivity, radio still remains big business in South Africa.

The latest statistics published by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa show that many of these still receive a weekly listenership of over a million people in a wide variety of languages.

The largest station is Durban-based Ukhozi FM which caters to the needs of the Zulu-speaking community. Between October 2018 and March 2019 the station had 7.6 million listeners a week.

This is far ahead of the second most popular station Umhlobo Wenene FM – a station which focuses on the Xhosa language-speaking community – which had 5.4 million listeners a week over the same time period.

Rounding up the top three is Metro FM with 4.3 million listeners a week.

You can find the list of the 20 most popular radio stations outlined below.

Ranking Station Weekly listenership
1 Ukhozi FM 7 670 000
2 Umhlobo Wenene FM (UWFM) 5 409 000
3 Metro FM 4 372 000
4 Lesedi FM 3 196 000
5 Thobela FM 2 978 000
6 Motsweding FM 2 546 000
7 Gagasi FM 1 394 000
8 RSG 1 170 000
9 Jacaranda FM 1 079 000
10 Ligwalagwala FM 1 074 000
11 Ikwekwezi FM 1 029 000
12 East Coast Radio 1 023 000
13 Munghana Lonene FM (MLFM) 1 020 000
14 KFM 944 000
15 947 942 000
16 Phalaphala FM 778 000
17 Heart 104.9 FM 768 000
18 Kaya FM 95.9 754 000
19 YFM 99.2 676 000
20 5FM 674 000


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