Senior SAMHS Warrant Officer dies


SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) Senior Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO) Virginia Sebone died this week.

The 59-year-old was earlier admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane where she died after a short period of illness.

Sebone joined the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in 1995 as a staff sergeant based at Area Military Health Unit Gauteng and worked at various SAMHS units including, Northern Cape and 7 Medical Battalion Group. In 2000 she was transferred to SAMHS headquarters as chief clerk in the Surgeon General’s office.

In 2001 she was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 and later to Warrant Officer Class 1 and appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) at the Institute for Aviation Medicine. In 2007 Sebone was appointed Chief Warrant Officer at Military Health Support Formation.

In September 2012, she was named SAMHS Senior Chief Warrant Officer, a position that she held until her death.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla, Secretary for Defence Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe, C SANDF General Solly Shoke and the Surgeon General of the SANDF, Lieutenant General Zola Dabula, expressed condolences to SCWO Sebone’s family, colleagues and friends.