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Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Themba Templeton Matanzima was appointed Chief of Joint Operations on 1 September 2007. He was previously the inaugural Chief of Human Resources, formally taking command of the HR Division on its creation on 26 January 2007. Prior to this he had been Chief of Corporate Staff. He joined the erstwhile Transkei Defence Force (TDF) in January 1977. He was commissioned on 18 August 1978 and afterwards qualified as a paratrooper officer. Gen Matanzima reached the rank of Brigadier ten years later and was in 1987 appointed Chief of Staff of the TDF. In 1993 he was promoted Chief of the TDF and Major General. Gen. He was then transferred to the South African National Defence Force in 1994 and first served on the Joint Military Coordinating Committee (JMCC) that oversaw the integration process of the former TDF and other statutory as well as guerrilla forces into a new, unified military. He was appointed General Officer Commanding the SA Army’s Eastern Province Command in 1996. In 1998 he was appointed as the Chief of Army Personnel at the SA Army Headquarters in Pretoria. The next year, Gen Matanzima was appointed as the Chief of Personnel at Defence Headquarters, Pretoria and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. In 2000, the SANDF restructured and he was appointed into a newly created post of Chief of Joint Support. In 2004 Gen. Matanzima was appointed as the Chief of Corporate Staff until 2005, when he was appointed as Chief Human Resources. The General completed a Senior Command and Staff Course in Ghana and the Defence Studies Course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom. He has been awarded the Commander Class Medal (CCM), Southern Cross Medal (SM) and the Military Merit Medal (MMM). Gen. Matanzima obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Administration from the Christian University of Potchefstroom, now the Northwest University.
Lt Gen Matanzima is the Patron of SANDF Rugby and enjoys all sports.
Doug Brooks is the founder of the International Peace Operations Association, he is a specialist in African security issues and has written extensively on the regulation and constructive utilisation of the private sector for international stabilisation, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions. Mr. Brooks has testified before Congress, appeared on a range of national and international news programs, and has lectured at numerous universities and colleges. Previously, he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and an Academic Fellow and Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg.
Comm. Mike Fryer joined the South African Police Service in Pretoria on 14 September 1973. He was the national commander of the Special Task Force, and as such was responsible for the strategic planning and efficient management of the Unit and its sub- components, according to the SAPS and Unit’s mission and aim. He was the first ever to design, develop and promote an Equity Bridging Programme in the Special Task Force to enhance equity in the Special Task Force. This programme was piloted, with great success, during 1998 to 25 delegates. The concept of fast tracking was introduced within the Special Task Force for the first time. He initiated training programmes with various specialized units throughout the world regarding Special Task Force training. The objectives of such programmes are the promotion of the exchange of expertise as well as the cross-pollination of training. A process was developed by which invitations were sent to various specialized police units, internationally to participate in the local Special Task Force basic training programme. This initiative has resulted in the training programmes being customized, ensuring dynamic, never-stagnant training methodology and techniques. Benchmarking is now done on a continuous basis with other international specialized units, and the cost benefit analysis done has already indicated the benefits in terms of costs. Operation Rachel is the only small arms recovery and destruction programme that was initiated, created and designed entirely by indigenous decision-makers and implemented entirely with African resources, both financial and human (for the first five years, at least). He researched, developed a curriculum and instigated the training of female operators in the Special Task Force. He is part of a special tasks committee to develop and plan cross-border operations and training inter-ventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Comm Fryer is directly involved with the firearms proliferation project which forms part of the bilateral agreement signed by the two presidents of the RSA and DRC and the DRC/PNC/SAPS Development Assistance Programme MOU/Protocol, namely Operation Fifi. In the post conflict situations, the proliferation of firearms is a strong contributing factor to inter-group violence and instability and this is one of the key operational priorities in the run up to the elections in the DRC. He is also directly responsible for the deployment of SAPS members to Sudan after the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service was requested by the African Union to deploy members to Dafur in Sudan. Since December 2007 Comm Fryer has been deployed to Sudan where he is serving as the Police Commissioner of the United Nations peacekeeping forces.
Major Joe Carnegie was commissioned into the Royal Hampshire Regiment (later amalgamated into the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment) in 1991 and served as a Platoon Commander in the UK, Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland. He subsequently became Operations Officer / Second in Command of a Rifle Company before successfully completing the Regimental Signals Officers’ Course in 1995 and assuming the post of Battalion Signals Officer.
He transferred to the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1997 and was a Rifle Company Operations Officer in Londonderry, Northern Ireland before taking up the post of Officer Commanding Headquarters Company in 1999. Following his Junior Staff Course, Major Carnegie was posted as the Media Operations Staff Officer in Headquarters 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) based in Hohne, Germany. During his time with the Brigade he undertook operational deployments to Kosovo and, on promotion to Major, was the senior media officer in the Brigade during the invasion of Iraq. Following this tour he moved to the UK Headquarters Land Command in Salisbury as a Staff Officer in the Plans Division. During this time he returned to Iraq as the Chief Media Officer for HQ Multi-National Division (South-East) in Basra where, amongst many other issues, he led the Divisional media plan for the first democratic elections in Iraq. He returned to Regimental duty with 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in 2005, an Armoured Infantry Battalion, as the Officer Commanding the Support Weapons Company. During this time he managed to fit in another tour in Iraq with the Battalion. After a short posting as the Training Major with Birmingham University Officers’ Training Corps, Major Carnegie joined the British Peace Support Team in South Africa in 2008. In addition to his operational tours, Major Carnegie has been on exercises or training teams to Ukraine, Gibraltar, Canada, Kenya, France, Poland and Spain. Major Carnegie is married with a young son.
Lt. Col. Ian Mills joined the British Army in May 1979 as a Trooper in the Queens Own Hussars – Royal Armoured Corps. After serving in Germany and England in the ranks for 7 years, he attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet. In April 1987, he was commission into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (later to be amalgamated with 4 other Corps to become the Royal Logistic Corps). Since attending a Young Officers Course in 1987, he spent 2 years in Berlin during a relatively exciting period immediately prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union. Between 1989 and 1990 he attended ammunition technical officer training at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham and the Army School of Ammunition, Kineton. His first posting was to the Base Ammo Depot in Longtown, Cumbria for a year followed by attendance on the Junior Division Staff Course. In 1991, he was appointed as Adjutant of 11 Ordnance Battalion (EOD). From there he completed a 2-year staff tour as the SO3 Logistic Support at HQ 39 Infantry Brigade, near Belfast in Northern Ireland. Fifteen months later, he completed a 6-month operational tour as the Londonderry Troop Commander with 321 Explosives Ordnance Disposal Squadron (Northern Ireland). On promotion to Major, his first task was as a Senior Instructor at the Army School of Ammunition. From here he completed a 6-month operational tour to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia as the Senior Ammunition Technical Officer with UK 1st Division. Following this tour he was appointed as the Officer Commanding 621 EOD Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment RLC. The Squadron was on an operational footing for GB EOD operations, directly supporting civil police country services across the SE of England. In 1999, he was posted to the MoD in London in the appointment of SO2 (Weapons) IEDD (Rest of the Word). After a very interesting 3 years in Whitehall, he was selected for promotion and sent back to the Defence Academy, Shrivenham to complete an in-service Masters degree programme. As a result he obtained a Masters in business Administration (Defence) from Cranfield. In early 2003 he was awarded an MBE for his work while in the MoD. Since promoting to Lieutenant Colonel he has served in the following staff appointments: SO1 EOD Ops and Plans – HQ LAND Command, UK and as the C-IED Branch Chief of Staff at HQ ISAF, Afghanistan. Between 2004 and 2006 he commanded the Army School of Ammunition in Warwickshire, England where he took up golf – a game he has yet to master. He is currently employed as the SO1 PSO Log in the British Peace Support Team, South Africa. He is married with 2 young children (boys); his interests are the study of wine, travel and game viewing.
Jannie Malan is emeritus professor of the University of the Western Cape, where he taught Biblical Studies (and later Biblical and Religious Studies) from 1973 to 1992, and where he presented (and co-presented) a post-graduate module in Conflict Studies from 1991 to 2007. Since 1993 he is working as senior researcher with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). In this capacity he is managing editor of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Henri Boshoff was born in Pretoria on 12 April 1957. He attended school in Pretoria after witch he completed a four year diploma in education at the University of Pretoria in 1979. After military service he taught in Pretoria until 1986. In 1986 he joined the SADF and was involved with the operational planning of internal and external operations. His area of expertise is terrorism, peacekeeping, support to the police and African politics. He also obtained an Honours Degree in African Politics in 1995. He left the SANDF at the end of 2001 to join the ISS as a Military Analyst for the Africa Security Analysis Programme. Henri Boshoff has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television. He regularly lectures on security issues and has published, edited and contributed to a large number of journals, books and other publications. He is currently focusing on conflict and the military in Africa, specifically in the Great Lakes area.
Lt. Col (Dr) Gielie Van Dyk is a Senior Lecturer at the Stellenbosch University in Military Psychology, Faculty of Military Science, at graduate and post-gradute level. Dr van Dyk is the Head of Department of Industrial Psychology The Chair of School for Human Resource Development in the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University Programme Co-ordinatior for B Mil Programme in Human and Organisation Development
Martin Reeves – Originally from the UK and now resident in RSA, Mr Reeves obtained a degree in Physical Metallurgy in 1980. After spending the first portion of his career in R&D in this field, he joined the defence support environment in 1988.
Since then, Mr Reeves has been involved in a number of defence-related projects, primarily focussing on ground-based ballistic systems, typified by the Rooikat Armoured Car, with which he was involved for almost 15 years. Mr Reeves has carried out work in Ammunition design and management, multi-spectral signature management and Product Systems Management in the form of decision support to the SANDF in these areas. This work has resulted in commendation certificates from the Chief of the SA Army, the GOC SA Army Armour Formation and from individual project environments. Mr Reeves has presented papers at several conferences, both open and restricted access, in the fields of ballistics, vulnerability assessments, camouflage evaluations, force application feasibility studies and force preparation. Mr Reeves has also chaired several international conferences dealing with defence-related issues, including the 2008 African Peacekeeping Summit. In an extension of his role, Mr Reeves became more involved with management, focusing on resource training, development & mentoring; assisting with the development of e-learning courses & SAQA qualifications as well as managing the Operations Decision Support domain at Defence Institute. His current focus is on the integration of Defence Institute projects on a strategic level as a further extension of decision support to the SANDF.
Adane Ghebremeskel was born in Eritrea in 1969. I studied Political Science and African Studies for my masters (1996) and doctoral studies specialising in International Conflict Management (1999) at the University of Vienna. During my university time, I spent a one year research time at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Concurrently, I have a certificate on Advanced International Program on Peace Studies from the European Peace University in Austria.Soon after my studies, I worked for five years as a peace-building programme advisor with a German non-governmental organization in Zimbabwe. At the same time, I lectured Human Rights and Rule of Law as well as Conflict Transformation at the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe. Since May 2007, I am working as a Programme Advisor and Programme Manager of the Peace-building Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Concurrently, I am a guest lecturer of Peace-building at the Department of Political Science, University of Witwatersrand.I have published an article on the Regional Mechanisms of Conflict Management in the Horn of Africa: the Case of Somalia. I also presented several papers in international forums, such as the Conference of the International Peace Studies Association, in Tampere, Finland.
Heidi Hudson is Professor of Political Science and currently programme director at the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She is also a former chairperson of the Department of Political Science. Her area of specialisation is International Relations and she is particularly interested in questions relating to IR theory, globalisation, security and gender. Heidi Hudson has been the recipient of several scholarships such as Fulbright, Rotary and as guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.
She is a rated NRF researcher and has published articles in, amongst others, Security Dialogue and Security Studies. Heidi Hudson serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Contemporary History and has recently been elected as President of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS). She is also convenor of the NRF panel for Philosophy, Political Science and Policy Studies.
Albert Gomes Mugumya was born in Uganda (East Africa). He read Politics, History and Philosophy at Makerere University (Uganda) and took a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution at Lancaster University (UK). He is a Specialist in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. He is currently the Program Advisor on Peace Building, and a Project Coordinator for Minority Rights Groups Project at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Kampala Uganda, an NGO that seeks alternative and creative means of transforming conflict. “He previously worked with the Peace Building Program of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg South Africa; and also worked for the Southern Africa Desk (Africa Program) of Amnesty International, at its International Secretariat headquaters in London UK. He is the author of the book; United Nations (UN) Transitional Adminstrations; An Enigma.The United Nations Transitional Adminstration in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium, 1996-1998. A successfully completed mission. Published by VDM Germany and can be bought on Amazon.com. ISBN 978-3-639-11649-6
Mr. Ernest Ansah Lartey is a Research Associate at the Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution Department (CPMRD) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana. Prior to this appointment, Ernest was the regional Programme Manager for the Security Sector Management (SSM) project for Cranfield University, UK where he was responsible for monitoring, coordinating and reporting on security sector reform programmes in Africa. Mr Lartey has served as Elections Security Analysts during the 2008 elections in Ghana for the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Ernest obtained his graduate degree in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in Development Policy Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently enrolled on a graduate programme in Security Sector Management at Cranfield University, UK. His research interest includes: security sector management, democracy and elections, homeland security, vulnerability and risks studies.
Steve Stead was commissioned into the Navy after completion of National Service in 1967. Studies at the Military Academy followed and in 1971 he spent a year in minesweepers and frigates before volunteering for submarine service in 1972. He progressed through the various posts to command in 1983 until the end of 1985. He completed Staff Course in 1986 and was posted to Maritime Intelligence for 1987-88. Three years as Naval Attaché in Paris from 1989 to 1991 followed and on return to South Africa was appointed to command the Submarine Flotilla until 1995. He completed the Joint Staff Course in 1993 and performed the functions of ceremonial ADC to Presidents De Klerk and Mandela from 1993-95. Appointed as standing Naval Task Group Commander in 1996-97, he planned and executed the fleet review for the Navy 75 celebrations in 1997. A term as Director Maritime Operations at Naval HQ from 1998 to 2001 followed and then as Director Capability Development at Joint Operations HQ from 2002 to 2006. The challenge of making a contribution to the objectives of the Brenthurst Foundation persuaded him to terminate his career in the military with the rank of Rear-Admiral and led to his joining the Foundation in August 2006.
David Mwaniki currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of GCS (Global Crisis Solutions), an independent non-profit Think Tank focusing on Peace and Security, Human Rights and Human Security, Forced Migration, Governance and Accountability, and Vulnerability and Poverty. Mr. Mwaniki has served as Deputy President of the Africa Policy Institute, Head of Emergencies in Africa for Actionaid International, Deputy Director for the American Refugee Committee in Rwanda covering Burundi and the DRC and Relief Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Rwanda. As CEO of GCS he has led research into the UN BINUB mission in Burundi (Good Governance, Security Sector Reform and Enhancing Human Rights -Establishing Priorities), the UN MONUC Mission In the DRC (DDRRR, DRR, Military and Rule of Law Reform-Reducing Violence against Women), and the UN MINUSTAH Mission in Haiti (DDR and Police, Judicial and Correctional Reform in Haiti- Recommendations for change). Prior to Joining GCS Mr. Mwaniki managed a complex multi-country human security program in Africa covering 23 countries and has vast experience with the conflict systems in East, Horn, central and West Africa. Mr. Mwaniki holds a masters degree in disaster management and is currently a PHD candidate.
Jim Terrie is a former Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group’s Africa Program and UNSW (University of New South Wales, Australia). He was an officer in the Australian Army for 18 years and a consultant to businesses and organizations in Africa and Asia on risk management and security issues. Jim has a Masters degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is a PHD candidate at the University of New South Wales.
Butiki Shabangu is an Electronic Engineer focusing on Customer Solutions at Ericsson. He has extensive experience in the design and development of Military and Special Operation equipment and specialises in Mission Critical Communications. As a result, he is currently involved with the analysis of customer requirements, specifications and technical solutions in the field of National Security & Public Safety. In his spare time, he is studying towards a Masters degree in Engineering: Technology Management at the University of Pretoria.
Ivor Ichikowitz is the Executive Chairman of the Paramount Group, an international company that focuses on the provision of financed, turnkey solutions for National Defence, International Peackeeping and Internal Security to sovereign governments. The Group was founded in 1994, born out of the need to promote the marketing of South African Defence Industry in the global marketplace. Ivor Ichikowitz also serves as Executive Chairman of TransAfrica Capital, a private equity fund focused on assisting investee companies achieve their potential. The company is currently invested in a number of companies spanning 11 different industries. Through both Paramount and TransAfrica Capital, Mr. Ichikowitz has utilized his business activities to facilitate both economic and social growth and development opportunities in the countries within which the various groups operate.