He grew up in Vereeniging and Germiston where he attended local schools. He studied at Wits University and UNISA and has a BA Honours degree, majoring in history. While at the SABC Malcolm became especially popular for his music show called Going Gooding. Apart from being an iconic D.J. with a massive following, he regularly read news on radio and presented documentaries, discussion and magazine programmes.
An excellent mimic, he also narrated the broadcast links for Squad Cars, a cult radio drama featuring the successful exploits of the South African police. He recorded more than 800 episodes of Squad Cars from 1968 to the demise of Springbok Radio in 1985. When television came to this country, Malcolm hosted its first variety show called Good Vibrations which was aired every Saturday night.
From career inception to the present day he still relies on voicing radio and television commercials as well as narrating a variety of documentaries for channels such as Discovery, National Geographic and SuperSport.
Apart from doing regular on-camera work, spanning training and corporate presentations to magazine hosting and commercials, he is also sought after as a master of ceremonies. It was in this role that he called on Nelson Mandela, in front of a world audience, to hand Francois Pienaar the William Webb Ellis Trophy at Ellispark when South Africa won the Rugby Word Cup in 1995.
When not in a recording studio Malcolm can be found supervising the “extra virgin” oil pressing on his olive estate in Franschhoek, where he and wife Salome run a beautiful farm and guest house in that spectacular valley.
He also enjoys restoring old houses - fourteen to date, from Heidelberg to Tamboerskloof, as well as transforming old junk into desirable pieces of art and furniture and painting landscapes.
Malcolm is the father of two sons and two daughters and has seven grandchildren.