Mpaxa takes over Army force preparation


In March last year Nontobeko Mpaxa became the first woman to head up the SA Army’s Intelligence Formation. She has just been promoted to major general and becomes Chief Director: Force Preparation for the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

Prior to her move to the Intelligence formation she was Commandant of the Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) at Lohathla in Northern Cape and prior to that she held the distinction of being the first woman to command an infantry battalion – 141 at Umtata in Eastern Cape. She was also the first woman to head an army support base, at Port Elizabeth, where she held the rank of colonel.

While heading up the Intelligence Formation she completed her B Comm degree in Human Resources through Unisa.

A former MK member, Mpaxa integrated when the SANDF was established and completed training at the SA Army Women’s college in George. She has, to date, been the recipient of five medals and is also the holder of a Leadership Award, presented to her during her tenure at the Army Support Base in Port Elizabeth.

Her successor at the Intelligence Formation has not yet been announced.