Malcolm Venter holds a PhD in Linguistics from Rhodes University. His dissertation focused on the semantic and morphological aspects of terminological incompetence in SA high schools. He was an English teacher and high school principal from 1971 to 2007, and a part-time lecturer at the US in 2010. He is the co-author of a number of English language textbooks and compiler and co-compiler of several school literary anthologies. He is the founding editor of Teaching English Today, an online magazine for English teachers and former editor of Naptosa Insight, a print publication of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa. He is the founder of the National English Olympiad, of which he was the National Coordinator for 25 years. He is currently the National Chair of the SA Council for English Education and a member of the National Executive of the English Academy of Southern Africa. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Gold Medal Award - the highest award of the English Academy - for his distinguished services to English in South Africa. He has a particular interest in South African English, and has addressed numerous audiences on this over the years.
Malcolm lives in the Western Cape with his wife Morag.