5FM Radio South Africa – Listen Live Playlist


5FM is a South African FM radio station that broadcasts Top 40 music and is operated by South Africa’s public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). JD Mostert is the current station manager, while Siyanda Fikelephi is the Programme Manager.

5FM Radio South Africa – Listen Live Playlist

Broadcast area South Africa Broadcast Nationwide (via, repeaters)
Frequency Various Nationwide, 98.0 FM in Johannesburg
Format CHR (Contemporary hit radio)
Owner SABC
First air date
13 October 1975
Webcast Listen live
Website www.5fm.co.za

Origin and history

Formerly known as “Radio 5”, the station evolved from LM Radio, a commercial station based in neighboring Mozambique’s Lourenço Marques (now Maputo).  After Mozambique obtained independence, Radio 5 went on the air for the first time on October 13, 1975. The station began broadcasting in the medium wave band in Welgedacht, Maraisburg, Pietersburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Brackenfell, Port Elizabeth, and Grahamstown from transmitters in Welgedacht, Maraisburg, Pietersburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Brackenfell, Port Elizabeth, and Grahamstown.

It was the SABC’s fifth national radio channel at the time, following Radio Sud-Afrika, Radio South Africa, Springbok Radio, and Radio Bantu.

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It was rebranded “5FM” in 1992, and its current logo features a crimson “5” and superscripted “FM” within a circle, with the words “The Power of” inscribed along the circle’s upper periphery. Music is at the center of 5FM’s format, which is supplemented with news, sports, and traffic, and caters to a diverse range of tastes for a young audience.


Presenters from the 90s up to the late 2000s

  1. Mark Gillman
  2. Alex Jay
  3. Ian F (Also Hosted the 5fm Top 40 with Sasha Martinengo)
  4. Sasha Martinengo (Also hosted the 5fm Top 40 with Ian F – Longest on air DJ – 20 years)
  5. Darren Scott (Drive time with John Walland, Ray White and Leigh-Ann Mol (née Van der Stadt)
  6. Mark Pilgrim with Ray White (Weekend Breakfast Show)
  7. Cleone Cassidy
  8. Ursula Stapelfeldt (Host of the World Chart Show)
  9. Sami Sabiti (Host of the World Chart Show)
  10. Koula (Host of the World Chart Show)
  11. Nicole Fox
  12. Zuraida Jardine
  13. Derek the Bandit
  14. Barney Simon

5FM On-Air Shows

Radio 5 launched on 13 October 1975 from the SABC Broadcast House in Commissioner Street and was later moved into the basement of the Broadcast Centre, Auckland Park in Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast Shows
  • Weekday Mid-Morning Shows
  • Drive Time Shows
  • Weekday Evening & Night Programming
  • Weekend Breakfast Shows
  • Weekend Shows
  • Early Morning Programming