War College graduation


The annual graduation ceremony of the SA National War College, as with many other educational recognition efforts this year, was a virtual one.

All 81 officers enrolled for the 2019/20 Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme successfully completed it.

By far the majority of students – 72 – in class at the college in Struben Street on the northern side of the Pretoria central business district (CBD) were SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officers with the remaining nine referred to as “international fellows” with no country of origin given, according to the SANDF.

Awards went to Lieutenant Colonel L Naidoo (best commandant research paper by an SA Army officer) with other services awards going to Lieutenant Colonel Atchanna (SA Air Force), Commander RP Strydom (SA Navy), Lieutenant Colonel MC Hlahasoane (SA Military Health Service) and Major Mley from Tanzania for the best international fellow.

The best overall commandant research paper achiever was Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) CN Ndlovu of SAMHS.

Syndicate 1 of the class of 2020 took the honours for the Battletek floating trophy for the best annual performance with Lieutenant Colonel De Klerk as GOC and Lieutenant Colonel A Britz chief of staff. Integrated mission planning team 2 walked off with top honours in the best combined joint African exercise (CJAX) under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Senamela.

Best performers per service are Lieutenant Colonel E Kleinjan (SA Army), Lieutenant Colonel A Barnard (SAAF), Commander G Longo (SA Navy), Lieutenant Colonel RP Makopo (SAMHS) and Lieutenant Colonel MN Kamyamunyu of Uganda as the top international fellow. The best overall brief achiever was SA Army Lieutenant Colonel JP Botha.

Best academic student officer awards went to Lieutenant Colonel SB Sibande (SA Army), Lieutenant Colonel TJ Sepesa (SA Air Force), Commander CF Grove (SA Navy), Lieutenant Colonel GJ Champion (SAMHS). Wing Commander S Chihovo of the Zimbabwe Air Force was named best international academic student officer.

Winner of the Major General Nkonyeni Trophy awarded to the student displaying the highest level of professional conduct, zeal, determination and leadership among peers is Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) CN Ndlovhu of SAMHS. “This soldier was also highly disciplined, neat, academically motivated and an exemplary officer among his superiors and peers on and off duty” the citation notes in part.