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Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

This year, 2018, has particular significance as it is 100 years of the ending of the First World War. To mark this occasion, join us for a poetry reading will take place at Wahnfried on Sunday 11th November at 11am.

Malcolm Gooding will present:


A poetic journey, a hundred years later, where Malcolm Gooding commemorates the bravery and challenges the madness of the First World War 1914-1918.

Venue: Wahnfried corner Bree and Buitekant Streets, McGregor

Bookings (essential):  Wahnfried (wahnfried27@gmail.com)

Price: Donation at the door

For lunch after the presentation, make your booking at Tebaldi Restaurant, Temenos, McGregor 023 625 1115 / 023 625 1871

At 4pm at Wahnfried there will be a filmed performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in a performance from Coventry Cathedral which marked the 50th anniversary of its premiere. The piece combines the setting of the liturgical mass with poems by WWI poet Wilfred Owen.


Malcolm Gooding Biography:

The DStv website states: “For the past 50 years Malcolm has established himself as one of the best voices in radio and television.”

Malcolm, who was born in 1946, grew up in Vereeniging and Germiston. To combat the deleterious effects of the local patois his Welsh mother insisted on elocution classes; with Mrs Steinoble, at the Sons of England Hall in Three Rivers.

After school he attended Wits, where he succumbed to the temptations of university life. Forced out into the real world Malcolm joined Nedbank, where he mastered the subtle sibilance of a Dutch accent, but not the finer points of foreign exchange trading.

In 1967 he auditioned for a job at the SABC. Within a year he had his own show, Going Gooding, in which he got to play the music of the Youth Revolution: The Who, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin etc. It was Malcolm’s good fortune to be able to select his own songs and provide the sound-track to the lives of a generation of young South Africans.

Going Gooding ran from 1968 to 1974 on SABC’s English Service, and boasted one of the highest listenerships in the station’s history.

In 1968 Malcolm began another important stint – this time as narrator to Squad Cars, that iconic Friday night Springbok Radio serial about police cars that, “Prowl the empty streets at night in fast cars on foot”. Squad Cars finally came to an end in 1984, and Malcolm can proudly proclaim that he voiced about 800 episodes.

In 1974 Malcolm left the SABC to pursue a freelance career. His voice, described as, “a blend of fine sand and smooth English marmalade” – was considered to have, “The right stamp of authority – with just a hint of seduction.” As Malcolm jokes, “I have done just about every soap commercial on the market. And for my shame also a few cigarette adverts. There was a time, just after TV started, when I was seen as being the right voice for the lady’s boudoir.” One reviewer at the time noted, “When he talks about toilet cleaner being ‘thick and green and clean’, he makes it sound like maple syrup.”

With the advent of television Malcolm was the obvious choice to host one of the first variety shows, Good Vibrations, which flighted every Saturday night. He also continued to voice documentaries; and discussion and magazine programmes. Meanwhile his flexible schedule allowed him to take care of unfinished business and he completed his degree through Unisa; acquiring a BA Honours in history.

Malcolm still makes a living by voicing radio and television commercials, as well as narrating a variety of documentaries for channels such as Discovery, National Geographic and SuperSport. His incredible voice, as well as his charming and cheerful demeanour, makes him a ‘go-to man’ in the voice industry. Not for nothing do studio engineers, and creative directors, sometimes refer to him as Malcolm Good-thing.

History is one of Malcolm’s hobbies, and particularly the confusing and convoluted history of his beloved country, South Africa. In 1995 he became part of that history. Malcolm’s ‘Madiba Moment’ arrived when he was called on to announce the presentation of the William Webb Ellis Trophy after South African won the Rugby World Cup. When he told Nelson Mandela that he was there to introduce him, Mandela’s priceless reply was, “So you think I need to be introduced.”

Malcolm is an eternal optimist who will attack a new venture with the same enthusiasm he tackles a commercial for the latest miracle pool cleaner. His hobbies include olive farming, architectural restoration, landscape painting and good South African wine. Malcolm is the father of two sons and two daughters and has 10 grandchildren.