The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is this morning due to hold a change of command parade for its Logistics Division, which will see Chief Logistics Lieutenant General Motlhamme Morris Moadira succeeded by Major General Jabulani Sydney Mbuli.
In a statement, SANDF Defence Corporate Communication said Moadira will retire after 39 years of service on 30 June. Moadira will hand over command of the Logistics Division to Mbuli on 29 June at the SA Air Force Base Zwartkop West.
Moadira took over as logistics chief after General Bongani Mbatha died in May 2015.
Mbuli last month took up the position as General of the Gunners from outgoing Major General Roy Andersen. Although he was inducted as General of the Gunners on 10 February, the official ceremony only took place on 27 May at Fort Ikapa.
Mbuli began his military career by joining Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1981, soon specialising in anti-aircraft missiles and anti-aircraft guns. He saw extensive active service in Angola, particularly along the Eastern front, fighting against UNITA. After receiving Special Force training, he was deployed as an operator in several Southern African countries, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana. In mid-1991, he was recalled back to Lusaka, Zambia, where he furthered his academic studies, completing certificates and diplomas in accounts and business studies, data processing management, and computer programming.
On his return to South Africa in mid-1995, he integrated into the SANDF, being appointed to the rank of Captain. In January 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Major General as Chief Director Defence Acquisition Management in the Defence Material Division. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General as Chief of Logistics of the SANDF, with effect from 1 July 2017.