Radio Archives

The Radio Archives collects and receives material from all the SABC Public Broadcast Services (PBS) Radio Services of which selected material is catalogued and stored in the various archive repositories across the country.

A small percentage of the collection is donated by former staff or the public.

The collection includes 78 r.p.m. disks, old broadcast tapes, minidisks, CD’s etc.


The Radio Archives has also initiated an oral history project. The project focuses on supplementing the Radio Archive catalogue by including interviews with personalities broadcast by the SABC. In addition, it has established a collection of natural and habitat sounds of Southern Africa.


The SABC Sound Archives preserves material for the following reasons:

1) To preserve SABC broadcasts and raw material as a corporate function;
2) To be of service as a well-organised source of broadcast material to the SABC;
To preserve permanently highlights in the history of the development and broadcast patterns of broadcasting in South Africa;
4) To bequeath to future generations an audio-image of South Africa at certain periods as it was portrayed by the SABC;
5) To provide researchers with information and facts on sound carriers that are not available in any other form;
6) To preserve, as part of the National Broadcaster’s function and as far as possible, complete recordings of the South African culture legends and oral traditions) including a comprehensive set of nature and habitat sounds of South Africa

Contact details:


Cate Jele

Tel:   +27 11 714-4879     

SABC Television News Archives
Marda Louw
+27 11 714-6574

Programme purchases :

* TV Programmes - Obtain a DVD recording of a television programme:

 Tel 011-714-3827. Email address:

* Radio Programmes - Purchase an audio cassette/CD of a radio programme: Tel 011-714-4709/4315/4681/4431. Email address:

* Recordings - TV Sport: Purchase a CD/DVD of a sports programme:

   Tel 011-714-5550/8066

Recent Articles

  • Interview with SABC archivists on African Dialogue about the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015 #wdavh2015 Two of SABC Radio Archives' archivists were interviewed on the programme African Dialogue on Channel Africa about the World day for Audiovisual Heritage that was celebrated on Tuesday 27 October ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2015, 00:29 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • REPORT on IASA 2014 A report shared on SlideShare about the most recent IASA Conference in Cape Town, by SABC Radio Archivist, Karen du Toit.The international conference was held in Cape Town from ...
    Posted 4 Nov 2014, 02:34 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • Archivists of SABC Radio Archives being interviewed about World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2014 #wdavh2014 \Three of the archivists of SABC Radio Archives were interviewed by SABC Radio stations about the importance of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage that is celebrated yearly on 27 October ...
    Posted 4 Nov 2014, 02:18 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • SABC Cape Town Principal Librarian Marlene Ungerer training at the SABC Radio Archives in Auckland Park The Principal Librarian of the SABC Media Library in Cape Town, Marlene Ungerer, was this week in Auckland Park at the SABC Radio Archives.SABC Cape Town is planning to ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2014, 01:21 by Sabc Media Libraries
  • Scratched 1943 acetate record sound saved in the SABC Radio Archives A 1943 acetate record with a large scratch was fixed by the SABC Radio Archives' sound engineer, Obakeng Phiri.It is a 1943 song about "Generaal De la Rey" (composed ...
    Posted 12 Sep 2014, 01:45 by Sabc Media Libraries
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