Radio RSA

Radio RSA: The Voice of South Africa (english ) or Radio RSA: The Stem van Suid -Afrika ( Afrikaans ) to German Radio RSA: The Voice of South Africa was an international shortwave radio stations from South Africa, from May 1, 1966 of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (English ) or Suid - Afrikaanse Uitsaai Korporasie ( Afrikaans ) was broadcast in Johannesburg. The transmission mode was set in 1992 during the final stages of apartheid. Radio RSA defended his program apartheid policy and defamed the opponents of the Boer government, such as the ANC.


Radio RSA was as part of the South African Broadcasting Corporation ( SABC ) and Suid Afrikaanse - Uitsaai Korporasie ( SAUK ) reports to the Ministry of Information, which was founded after the election victory of the National Party in 1948. The task that the Ministry was to improve the image of South Africa and to counteract the criticism of apartheid. At the end of the 1970s, the control of Radio RSA was transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of Mulder gate affair. The annual budget at that time was 20 million rand.

In 1976, Radio RSA broadcast 36 hours a week. It thereby shortwave transmitter of Springbok Radio and three regional stations were used. The program was broadcast in twelve languages ​​, including English, Afrikaans, Swahili, French, Portuguese, Dutch and German; from 1984 only in eleven languages.

As identification served, inter alia, the song of the Bokmakiris and the words: "This is Radio RSA, the Voice of South Africa, calling from Johannesburg " or in German: " This is Radio RSA, the voice of South Africa, Johannesburg ". Something came before even a first short message with the following words: "You are tuned to the German service of Radio RSA " (English) and immediately thereafter, "Here is the German service of Radio RSA ".

Since the end of apartheid in 1992 and the election victory of the ANC Radio RSA will continue as Channel Africa.

Transmission facilities

The studios of Radio RSA were in Johannesburg, where there were additional transmission facilities (HF Verwoerd Transmitting Station) on the farm Bloemendal in Meyerton in the present province of Gauteng.

The shortwave transmitter possessed a power of 250 and 500 kW.

Former frequencies