New Joint Ops Chief brings 40 plus years of military experience to the post


The new man heading up the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Lieutenant General Barney Hlatshwayo, has more than 40 years military experience.

He is currently completing a tour of duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to add to his CV which already boasts a number of diplomatic taskings. These include participating in and assisting with peace agreements between armed political parties in Burundi and being the chief military advisor for the facilitation of the Burundi peace process. On this deployment he worked closely with then Deputy President Jacob Zuma and former Defence Minister, Charles Nqakula.

His time as Director: Force Preparation And Training in the SA Army saw him involved in the planning and execution of joint military exercises including Airborne Africa, Ndlovu, Blue Hungwe, Tanzanite, Blue Angel, De Gama, Med Flag and Rainbow Track.

Hlatshwayo joined the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Army (Apla) in 1976 serving as liaison officer, military attaché, officer commanding, Director: Operations and chief of staff in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Positions he has held in the SANDF include SSO Integration; SSO Doctrine (Director: Training); Deputy Chief Director: Army Force Structure; Director: Mobilisation and Demobilisation; GOC: Joint Operations HQ; Chief Director: Operations and Chief Director: Operations Development.

He is currently finishing his term as GOC of Team Bulisa in the DRC assisting that country’s defence force in the compilation of policy and strategy.