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Mtshatsheni is new SA Army sergeant major

SCWO Ncedakele Mtshatsheni.Senior Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO) Ncedakele Elliot Mtshatsheni has become the seventh officer to be appointed to this post since the establishment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) following democracy.


Mtshatsheni is Eastern Cape born and bred having grown up in King William’s Town. He joined Umkhonto we Sizwe 27 years ago in Tanzania and, after training, was deployed variously as section commander, platoon commander, company sergeant major and course sergeant major for a junior leaders’ course.

He returned to South Africa in May 1994 and integrated in the then newly established SANDF as a sergeant. Assistant instructor’s course, bridging training and infantry corps training were followed by deployment to 6 SA Infantry Battalion in Grahamstown. In 1999 he was transferred to the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn and in 2002 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two before moving to the SA Army Gymnasium in Heidelberg in 2005. When the warrant officer branch moved to the Army College in 2007 he was course leader for the WO development course at the Thaba Tshwane military learning facility.

May 2008 saw Mtshatsheni move to 46 SA Brigade as regimental sergeant major in the main HQ unit. Before leaving five years later he participated in, among others, exercises Seboka, Young Eagle and Ndlovu and was part of course support.

In September 2013 he was named SA Army Infantry Formation Sergeant Major and in 2016 he was appointed SA Army Discipline Sergeant Major at Army HQ. He was acting Army Sergeant Major from September last year until the post was finalised this year.

In addition to a number of military courses, including law en public service induction Mtshatsheni also successfully completed the US Army sergeant majors course at Fort Bliss in Texas.

Previous SA Army sergeant majors, since 1994, are Koos Moorcroft, EW Sykes, Joseph Tshabalala, Mothusi Kgaladi, Kallie Bredenkamp and Charles Laubscher.