New chiefs of SA Army, Joint Operations, SAMHS announced


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has announced several high-level promotions and transfers, including a new Chief of the Army, new Chief of Joint Operations Division and new Surgeon General.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the appointments and promotions of several Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals with effect from 1 November this year.

The SANDF said incumbent Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, will be appointed as Chief of Staff in place of Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo, who will be appointed as the Military Ombud.

In the position of Chief of the Army, the SANDF will promote Major General Thabiso Mokhosi to the rank of Lieutenant General, allowing him to fill the post. Mokhosi is presently in command of Joint Operational Headquarters.

Lieutenant General Barney Hlatshwayo is retiring as Chief of the Joint Operations Division and will be replaced by Major General Rudzani Maphwanya, who is being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Maphwanya previously headed up the South African Special Forces and is currently the Commander of the South African Army Infantry Formation.

The South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) is getting a new chief as well, with Major General Zola Dabula to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in order to take over as Surgeon General from Lieutenant General Aubrey Sedibe, who is retiring.

In the Human Resources Division, Rear Admiral Asiel E Kubu is being promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral to become Chief of Human Resources in place of Lieutenant General Norman Yengeni, who is retiring.

“The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube and the Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Solly Shoke congratulates those officers appointed and/or promoted,” the SANDF said today.