Former SG retires


Former Surgeon General (SG) of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and incumbent Chief of Corporate Staff (CCS), Lieutenant General Jurinus Jansen van Rensburg retires at the end of this week.

Jansen van Rensburg, a medical doctor, has held the post of CSS since July 31, 2005. He became SG in October 2000 when he succeeded Lt Gen Themba Masuku following his death.

There has not been any announcement yet on who will succeed him as CCS.

The general was born in Murraysburg in the Eastern Cape in January 1952. He matriculated from Paarl Boys High in 1969. The next year he did his national service with 1 Maintenance Unit then based at Lenz, in the south of Johannesburg. In 1971 he commenced his medical studies at the University of Pretoria. There he rejoined the military, becoming a medical officer at 1 Military Hospital (1 Mil)on graduation in 1976.

Prior to his appointment as SG, Jansen van Rensburg served as Chief of Medical Force Application (1997) Chief of Staff Planning (1994) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Mil (1992). During the Border War Jansen van Rensburg served as a medical officer at Oshakati in Northern Namibia (Sector 10, Southwest Africa [SWA] Medical Command) from 1980 to 1983. In 1986 he became the officer commanding SWA Medical Command, as a colonel, a post he held till war’s end in 1989. On his return to SA he was promoted brigadier general and appointed GOC Northern Transvaal Medical Command.