En­joy­ing Perl­man

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be­come an in­sti­tu­tion at the Gauteng com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion.

He brings a wealth of two decades of ra­dio and TV broad­cast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to In Un­der the Skin. Perl­man’s guests have been metic­u­lously cho­sen across a spec­trum of fields – no­tably pol­i­tics, busi­ness, phi­lan­thropy, sport, the arts and so­cial ac­tivism. The first episode, fea­tur­ing Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was dis­ap­point­ing. My im­pres­sion was that as the coun­try’s pres­i­den­tial hope­ful, he should have been more prob­ing with tough ques­tions re­gard­ing the state of the na­tion and the ANC.

His sec­ond in­ter­view, with Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng, con­firmed that a per­son’s back­ground does not nec­es­sar­ily de­ter­mine their des­tiny.

Perl­man’s in­ter­view, with Lindiwe Sisulu, came across as flat given his usual prob­ing and in­sight­ful style. But since then, the show has gained mo­men­tum with in­spi­ra­tional per­son­al­i­ties such as HIV/Aids re­searcher Dr Glenda Gray, Treat­ment Ac­tion Cam­paign co-founder Zackie Ach­mat and hu­man­i­tar­ian Dr Im­tiaz Sooli­man whose Gift of the Givers is the coun­try’s only in­ter­na­tional re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“In Pak­istan they wanted to know what we had come to ask for,” Dr Sooli­man told Perl­man. “They knew us as peo­ple with the beg­ging bowl but we had a mes­sage for them: Africa is wak­ing up from its slum­ber. It is about giv­ing than just re­ceiv­ing.”

My only crit­i­cism is that some footage can add qual­ity to view­ing. Watch­ing two peo­ple talk­ing on TV can be tax your pow­ers of con­cen­tra­tion.

Other­wise, it’s a wor­thy ad­di­tion to eNCA’s cur­rent af­fairs pro­grammes.

Un­der the Skin is broad­cast ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 9.30pm on DStv (Chan­nel 403) with re­peats on Thurs­days at 9.30am.

Un­der the Skin.

John Perl­man is the of host of

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