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staff241013aThe iconic Zimbabwean UK radio station – SW Radio Africa has now shut down, according to the stations media briefing . Speaking, the founder, Gerry Jackson says, “it is with regret that SW Radio Africa announces that it is closing down. We recently stopped our shortwave transmissions but have continued to provide broadcasts via our website and other formats, but these too will cease, but we are leaving a few key archive programs on the main page for the interest of our listeners. The site will remain in place for a few more months.
Our unique 13 year sound archive will be hosted by archive.org and as soon as that becomes accessible we will post the details on this site.”

He went on to thank all their supporters , listeners and organisations for their support but was not able to reveal the reason behind the shut down.

“We’d like to thank the organisations and individuals who have supported us for the past 13 years and the contributors to our programs who have given so willingly of their time and expertise. In particular we’d like to thank our listeners, who have shared their lives, hopes and dreams with us and helped us to tell the story of Zimbabwe’s sad decline to the world.

We hope that one day Zimbabwe will have a government who understands that its sole responsibility is to ensure a safe, healthy, prosperous life for every man, woman and child in the country.
The radio station had it’s first broadcast in 2001 and had the last broadcast on the 10th of August 2014. This is truly a sad day for Zimbabweans in the UK and the world as listeners continue to express their shock and regret.