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Fact file: Chiefs of the SA Army

Below follows a list of present and former Chiefs of the SA Army:   

SA National Defence Force (1994 – present)
Chief of the SA Army
·         LTG Solly Zacharia Shoke                                       June 1, 2004 – present
·         LTG Gilbert Lebeko Ramano                                   1999       - May 31, 2004
·         LTG Reginald Otto                                                  January 1, 1995 – 1999
·         LTG Hattingh J Pretorius                                         November 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994
 
SA Defence Force (1957-1994)
Chief of the SA Army
·         LTG Georg Lodewyk Meiring                                   March 1, 1990 – October 31, 1993  
·         LTG Andreas J "Kat" Liebenberg                              November 1, 1985 - February 28, 1990
·         LTG Johannes J "Jannie" Geldenhuys                      October 7, 1980 – October 30, 1985
·         LTG Constand L Viljoen                                          September 1, 1976 – October 6, 1980
·         LTG Magnus Andre de M Malan                              July 1, 1973 – August 31, 1976
·         LTG Willem P Louw                                               December 1, 1967 – June 30, 1973
·         LTG Charles A "Pop" Fraser                                    October 1, 1966 – November 30, 1967          
SA Army Chief of Staff
·         Combat General[1] Petrus J Jacobs                   March 4, 1963 – December 31, 1965
·         Combat General Sybrand A Engelbrecht                  November 1, 1959 – March 3, 1963
·         Brig J Nicolaas "Nick" Bierman                               September 25, 1958 – October 31, 1959 
 
Union Defence Force (1912-1957)
SA Army Chief of Staff
·         Brig Pieter H Grobbelaar                                         May 1, 1953 – September 24, 1958
·         Brig Hendrik B Klopper                                           March 16, 1950 – April 30, 1953
Director General SA Land Forces
·         Brig Christiaan L de W du Toit                                 November 10, 1948 – March 15, 1950
Director General Training and Operations
·         Brig P de Waal                                                      August 9, 1948 – November 9, 1948
Deputy Chief of the SA General Staff 
·         MG WH Evered Poole                                            March 2, 1946 – August 8, 1948
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director General Operations and Training
·         COL HS Cilliers                                                     August 1, 1945 – March 1, 1946
·         Brig HS Wakefield                                                 February 9, 1944 – July 31, 1945
·         Brig P de Waal                                                     September 1, 1940 – February 8, 1944
Deputy Chief of the SA General Staff 
·         BG George E Brink                                               September 11, 1939 – August 30, 1940
Director Military Procedures and Planning
·         COL P de Waal                                                    May 1, 1934 – September 10, 1939
·         LTC FH Theron                                                     May 1, 1933 – April 30, 1934 
 


[1] "Veggeneraal", a Boer-style rank  
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