John Perlman is a particularly accomplished debate facilitator and MC. Currently the host of ‘Afternoon Drive’ on 702, He also anchored the ‘Round Table’ on SABC 3. John was recognised as South Africa’s Top News and Actuality Presenter at the MTN Radio Awards. This follows on a previous win in the category “Best News and Actuality Show” for ‘Today with John Perlman’.
John Perlman has chaired a large number of public debates involving politicians and business leader and has also addressed a diverse range of corporate and public interest audiences and that includes a sell-out talk on ‘The Wonder of Radio’ in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival.
John has also been involved in the world of sport, especially soccer. He was a soccer commentator on SABC Television for 10 years, covering many major tournaments. These included the European championships, the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup. His passion for the sport, and the drive to help at a community level, led him to start the Dreamfields Project. This project raises funds for soccer equipment and playing fields for township and rural schools.
In over 10 years as a print journalist, a career which began with the Weekly Mail, he worked at the Saturday Star and the Sunday Independent and also wrote for The Guardian and The Financial Times
John has a BA degree in History and South Sotho and an Honours degree in Development Studies from Wits. He also has a higher diploma in journalism from the City University of London.