Monday, November 5, 2012

Springbok Radio #3 - Afrikaans

This is part of a series of blog posts focusing on Springbok Radio, the SABC's first commercial radio station, that was broadcasting from 1950-1985 before it was closed.

The visual canvass is from the most recent UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2012 exhibition at SABC.

Springbok Radio featured very popular Afrikaans programmes, such as "Wie die liefde nie het nie", "Die Volmaakte Uur", "So maak mens" en "Hospitaaltyd"

"Die Volmaakte Uur" was a serial story by Frieda Viljoen. One of the episodes was recorded in hospital to accomodate a sick actor (see canvass).

"So maak mens" was an extremely popular programme full of household tips, recipes and discussions by the also very popular Esmé Euvrard and Jan Cronjé. 
It first started as a programme in English, "This is How" (1950) , which was only a weekly instalment, but changed to "So maak Mens" from 1957 which turned into a daily slot on 14H15 each week day. 

"Hospitaaltyd" was also a firm favourite with Dulcie van den Bergh who cheered up sick people.

The last of these programmes were transmitted on 31/12/1985.

Link to the digital audio stream that loops 6-hourly in a two-weekly update by Retha Buys, Springbok Radio custodian: 

Related posts:

Springbok Radio content on canvass by Retha Buys, custodian of Springbok Radio.

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.


  1. Hi is there somewhere I could listen to podcasts of old Afrikaans radio soaps.
    Many thanks
    Anton Swanepoel

  2. What was the music used in "Wie die liefde nie het nie"?

  3. Please send me some of the afrikaans radio stories in the 60 and 70s

  4. Wat was die tema lied van tiener joernaal ..?

  5. In watter program was die lied laplandsong gebruik as tema lied.

  6. In which program was the lapland song used as theme song


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