Cape Town Gets Rock Radio

Cape Town gets rock radio

In the musical void between 5fm and GoodHope FM exists an unhappy niche. Lovers rock ‘n roll, until recently, have always neglect their radio, as it always felt like the radio neglected them first – seeing it more as a “7-o’clock news device” than a playlist. In a new democracy with a government of national unity, it’s borderline unconstitutional to exclude rock lovers from the joys of radio.

Enter Afrikaans Alternative FM, a brand new radio station serving the greater Cape Town area.

Rollingstone magazine caught up with founder Hein Du Plooy, according to him the target market for the station are “open minded individuals who feel their listening needs are not met on other stations.’

He continued regarding the musical direction of the station” “We play 60% English solid rock music and 40% Afrikaans Alternative music. We average 80% South African music so we believe we can play an important role in promoting local music.”

Tune in to Afrikaanse Alternative FM on 91.3 FM.

For the full interview click here.



  1. mc

    June 8, 2012 at 07:01

    Legit radio station!

    • Emelia Weavind

      June 28, 2012 at 18:41

      An absolute MUST HAVE station, in order to keep the mind sane and stimulated, no more having to listen to home made play lists, ALL THE TIME, as there were never any decent radio stations to listen to.

      The drag from Tokai to town on the M3 in rush hour, and back, have become a pleasure, never thought I’d say that.

      WELL DONE, HEIN DI PLOOI, !!!!!!!! WE SALUTE YOU !!!!!!

  2. tony eva

    August 16, 2012 at 10:00

    I really enjoy listening to this radio station and have told all my friends to tune in to 93.1. Unfortunately it appears that they are having problems broadcasting as the sound quality is bad and even at times none at all. This must be rectified immediately or you will loose listeners who get fed up.
    Sort this out and you will have many more happy listeners.
    Cheers, Tony Eva

    • Jan Pyramid

      September 14, 2012 at 13:25

      That is because they should tune in to 91.3fm not 93.1 fm

    • Lulu

      October 27, 2012 at 00:42

      What can we the fans do to help. Was so great to have a freethinking music station. Can’t do the other sad stations and singing to myself is a hazard.. 91.3 we need u really,really need you.

  3. Riana

    October 1, 2012 at 13:22

    Alternative and Rock awesome, i am 55 yrs and go down memory lane, most time with the older rock – Pink Floyd being my favourite, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple.
    Keep it up guys we love you

  4. Lulu

    October 27, 2012 at 00:33

    Where have you gone????? Can’t find you anymore…Whattsupp?

    • colin

      January 26, 2013 at 10:46

      In cape town Bellville it suddenly went dead. did we pay the rent , the silence is defening.

  5. jacques

    November 1, 2012 at 12:19

    Heyda ouens! waar de hel is julle dan solank? ons kort dai tunes! N’ mens begin suffer van ontrekkings simptome! So kammaaaaan laat ons Rock n’ Roll hoor!

  6. Will

    November 16, 2012 at 10:26

    I discovered AFM a few months ago and I’m really relieved there’s ONE radio station out there that’s free of Usher, Chris Brown, Khanye West and similar shite. This morning I hit the road after a surf to the sound of “Roadhouse Blues,” – great Friday song! I’m probably in the minority, but I really wouldn’t mind if AFM had NO DJs at all – just the music. The music line-up is strong enough to do without chatter between songs. No offence and nothing personal to to people who talk between songs, but I’d rather just hear the songs.

  7. Angus

    November 17, 2012 at 13:15

    Hi there. You guys are refreshing..I live in Atlantis and accidentally tuned in. Please don’t forget Uriah Heep, Traffic, Deep Purple and those Emmerson Lake and Palmer classics! When last have I heard Deep Purples ‘Child in Time’ All the best. Angus.

  8. Richard

    November 19, 2012 at 08:29

    Love it – I came across this station by mistake as I don’t listen to radio normally, change of mind. Can’t get this in southern peninsula though?

    Please advise…

  9. Jean

    November 22, 2012 at 15:06

    Ons het dit vandag by die werk ontdek, best dag ooit!

  10. Faye

    November 26, 2012 at 17:55

    I am a 60+ woman who understands very little Afrikaans but I love this radio station! The music they play is the best ever and a very welcome change from what we have had to put up with with other radio stations. Whoever chooses the content has got great taste. Well done, keep it up!

  11. Thomas

    January 7, 2013 at 13:24

    I was scanning the frequencies and came across a station playing Nivarna; well this can’t be bad. It makes a change from all the R&B & teen pop other stations play. Cape Town now has 3 decent stations; UCT, AFM and Radio 2000. The rest is just a bag of populist tosh. I’m English so I don’t understand Afrikaans, but i hope AFM plays more Alternative contemporary Afrikaans and not the ‘traditional’ fare. Well done you have my support.

  12. Jeanne

    January 14, 2013 at 16:28

    Sal nie weer my stasie hoef in te tune nie, ek bly by julle… kry daai lisensie!

  13. Andre Wessels

    January 22, 2013 at 15:07

    As a 62 yr old, thank you for keeping me sane! Have told my mates about it. Unfortunatly, reception from Kalk Bay to Simon’s Town not very good as with all FM stations. I have not retuned my car radio since Saturday. Even enjoy the Afrikaans Alternative.
    Andre Wessels

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