John Perlman: extraordinary man of the people

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dc.description.abstract This social media post on the radio station Kaya FM's Facebook page epitomises the ordinariness of John Perlman, radio personality and soccer fanatic - ordinariness that simultaneously singles him out as a man of the people and, through the familiarity of the greeting Ntate John (Mr John), elevates him to a man who gives and commands respect. The Southern Sotho word of respect for an older man, ntate (father), has no equivalent in any of the other South African indigenous languages, partly because of its ubiquitous use by the Basotho in addressing not just fathers but all men of a certain age, partly because it is also a title used to address the divine. The Great Hymn, a Sesotho hymn in use in many Southern African churches, ends with the lines 'Amen Ntate, Amen Ntate/Amen, re a o rorisa' (Amen, Father, Amen, Father/Amen, we praise you). John Perlman was born in Johannesburg in 1959, one of four children of Dr Mike Perlman and Ina Perlman. His mother was described upon her death in 2012 as 'a diminutive, energetic, resolute, chain-smoker ... whose humanitarian efforts during apartheid affected millions'. At the height of apartheid there was widespread starvation, especially among children, in the rural areas of South Africa. To address the issue of starvation, Ina Perlman founded the non-profit organisation Operation Hunger in 1981, which she ran with very little help. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher BestRed en
dc.subject PERLMAN en
dc.subject JOHN en
dc.subject POLITICS en
dc.subject INTELLIGENTSIA en
dc.subject FREEDOM en
dc.title John Perlman: extraordinary man of the people en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.BudgetYear 2022/23 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.SourceTitle The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Reddy, V. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Houston, G. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Schoeman, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Thuynsma, H. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812648 en
dc.PageNumber 366-370 en
dc.outputnumber 14152 en
dc.bibliographictitle Cosser, M. (2022) John Perlman: extraordinary man of the people. In: Bohler-Muller, N., Reddy, V., Houston, G., Schoeman, M. & Thuynsma, H. (eds).The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa. Cape Town: BestRed. 366-370. en
dc.publicationyear 2022 en
dc.contributor.author1 Cosser, M. en

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