Shoke promotes generals to top positions

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The Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) General Solly Shoke today promoted a number of senior generals to key positions in the military, with the SANDF getting a new chief of Joint Operations and a new Surgeon General.

At a ceremony held at the SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane on Thursday 31 October, Major General Rudzani Maphwanya was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and subsequently appointed as Chief of SANDF Joint Operations, taking over the command from Lieutenant General Barney Hlatshwayo who retires today.

Major General Zola Dabula was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and subsequently appointed as Surgeon General of the South African Military Health Service, taking over the command from Surgeon General Aubrey Sedibe who also retires today.

Rear Admiral Elias Kubu has been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and subsequently appointed as Chief of SANDF Human Resources, taking over the command from Lieutenant General Norman Yengeni, who is starting his retirement.

Shoke congratulated all the generals promoted and said they are now appointed to serve the SANDF and Republic of South Africa honestly, diligently and professionally. “You have now stepped into the new era of challenges within the ranks of the SANDF.”

The SANDF earlier this month announced several high-level promotions and transfers, with President Cyril Ramaphosa approving the appointments and promotions of several Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals with effect from 1 November this year.



The incumbent Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, was due to be appointed as Chief of Staff in place of Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo, who was to be appointed as the Military Ombud. In the position of Chief of the Army, the SANDF was to promote Major General Thabiso Mokhosi to the rank of Lieutenant General, allowing him to fill the post. However, it appears that Yam will continue as Chief of the SA Army and acting Chief of Staff of the SANDF.