List of South African military chiefs

This article lists the South African military chiefs. From 1958 until the first post-apartheid general election in 1994, the present-day South African National Defence Force was known as the South African Defence Force. From 1912 to 1958, the military was known as the Union Defence Force.

In terms of section 202(1) of the Constitution of South Africa, the military command of the Defence Force consists of[1] the Chief of the Defence Force plus the Chiefs of the combat arms (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well as

  • the Surgeon-General of the South African Military Health Service;
  • the Chief of Joint Operations of the Defence Force;
  • the Chief of Defence Intelligence;
  • the Chief of Human Resources; and
  • the Chief of Logistics.

Head of the Defence Force

The Defence Force consists of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998). The Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is the senior military commander and the chiefs of the four services, in addition to the chiefs of Joint Operations, Defence Intelligence, and Corporate Staff, report to him.[2] As of September 2018 the Chief of the SANDF is General Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS.

Chief of the UDF

The Union Defence Force (UDF) consisted initially of land forces. An aviation corps was formed in 1915 and replaced by the South African Air Force in 1920. A naval branch was added in 1922, and the South African Division of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve was incorporated into it in 1942.

In 1951, the defence forces were reorganised into three distinct combat services: the South African Army, the South African Air Force, and the South African Navy. The organisation was renamed "South African Defence Force" in 1958.

The UDF had no overall commander for the first nine and a half years. From January 1922, the Chief of the General Staff, previously responsible only for the Defence Headquarters staff, was the executive commander of the UDF. The title was changed to 'Commandant General UDF' in September 1956.

Chief of the UDF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Andries Brink CBE, DTD, DSO
Major general
Andries Brink CBE, DTD, DSO
(1877–1947)
1 October 19221 May 193310 years, 212 days South African Army
2
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
General
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
(1891–1972)
2 May 19331 May 194915 years, 364 days South African Air Force[3]
3
Leonard Beyers
Lieutenant general
Leonard Beyers
(1894–1959)
2 May 194915 March 1950317 days South African Army
4
Christiaan du Toit DSO
Lieutenant general
Christiaan du Toit DSO
(1901–1982)
16 March 195022 September 19566 years, 190 days South African Army
5
Hendrik Klopper DSO
General
Hendrik Klopper DSO
(1903–1977)
23 September 195624 September 19582 years, 1 day South African Army
6
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
General
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
25 September 195831 October 195836 days South African Air Force

Chief of the SADF

The UDF was renamed 'South African Defence Force' in November 1958.[4] The Commandant General's title was then changed to 'Commandant General SADF'. It was changed to 'Chief of the SADF' in July 1973, after Admiral Hugo Biermann assumed the post the year before. After South Africa's first democratic election, the South African Defence Force (SADF) became the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Chief of the SADF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
General
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
1 November 195831 December 19602 years, 60 days South African Air Force
2
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
General
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
(1908–1988)
1 January 196131 December 19654 years, 364 days South African Army
3
Rudolph Hiemstra SSA, SM
General
Rudolph Hiemstra SSA, SM
(1912–2007)
1 January 196631 March 19726 years, 90 days South African Air Force
4
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
Admiral
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
(1916–2012)
1 April 197231 August 19764 years, 152 days South African Navy
5
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
General
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
(1930–2011)
1 September 19766 October 19804 years, 35 days South African Army
6
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
General
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1933)
7 October 198030 October 19855 years, 23 days South African Army[5]
7
Johannes Geldenhuys SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, GCIH, ORB
General
Johannes Geldenhuys SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, GCIH, ORB
(1935–2018)
1 November 198531 October 19904 years, 364 days South African Army
8
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
General
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1938–1998)
1 November 199031 October 19932 years, 364 days South African Army
9
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
General
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
1 November 199330 April 1994180 days South African Army

Chief of the SANDF

The SADF amalgamated with the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and the homeland defence forces to form the South African National Defence Force in 1994. The SANDF was based on the existing SADF structure of Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998).

Chief of the SANDF Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
General
Georg Meiring SSAS, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
27 April 199431 May 19984 years, 34 days South African Army
2
Siphiwe Nyanda SSA, SBS, CLS, DMG, MMS, MMM
General
Siphiwe Nyanda SSA, SBS, CLS, DMG, MMS, MMM
(born 1950)
1 June 199831 May 20056 years, 364 days South African Army
3
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
General
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
(born 1950)
1 June 20051 May 20115 years, 334 days South African Army
4
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
General
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
(born 1956)
2 May 2011Incumbent8 years, 100 days South African Army[6]

Chief of the Army

The Chief of the South African Army is the professional head of the Army. There was no separate army commander until 1948. The post was called 'Director-General of Land Forces'[7] 1948–51 and 'Army Chief of Staff' 1951–66, and has been 'Chief of the Army' since 1966.

Chief of the Army Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Christiaan du Toit DSO
Brigadier
Christiaan du Toit DSO
(1901–1982)
10 November 194815 March 19501 year, 125 days[8]:92[7]
2
Hendrik Klopper DSO
Brigadier
Hendrik Klopper DSO
(1903–1977)
16 March 195030 April 19533 years, 45 days[8]:94
3
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
Major general
Pieter Grobbelaar SSA, DSO
(1908–1988)
1 May 195324 September 19585 years, 146 days[8]:93
4
Nick Bierman SSA, SM, CBE
Major general
Nick Bierman SSA, SM, CBE
(1910–1977)
25 September 195831 October 19591 year, 36 days[8]:89
5
Sybrand Engelbrecht SM
Major general
Sybrand Engelbrecht SM
(1913–1994)
1 November 19593 March 19633 years, 122 days[8]:92
6
Petrus Jacobs SSA, SM
Major general
Petrus Jacobs SSA, SM
(1910–1967)
4 March 196331 December 19652 years, 302 days[8]:93
7
Charles 'Pop' Fraser SSA, SM
Lieutenant general
Charles 'Pop' Fraser SSA, SM
(1915–1994)
1 January 196630 November 19671 year, 333 days[8]:92
8
Willem Louw SSA, SM
Lieutenant general
Willem Louw SSA, SM
(1920–1980)
1 December 196730 June 19735 years, 211 days[8]:94
9
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
Lieutenant general
Magnus Malan SSA, OMSG, SD, SM
(1930–2011)
1 July 197331 August 19763 years, 61 days[8]:95
10
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
Lieutenant general
Constand Viljoen SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1933)
1 September 19766 October 19804 years, 30 days
11
Johannes Geldenhuys SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, GCIH, ORB
Lieutenant general
Johannes Geldenhuys SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, GCIH, ORB
(1935–2018)
7 October 198030 October 19855 years, 23 days[8]:92
12
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Andreas Liebenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1938–1998)
1 November 198528 February 19904 years, 119 days
13
Georg Meiring SSA, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
Lieutenant general
Georg Meiring SSA, SD, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1939)
1 March 199031 October 19933 years, 244 days
14
Hattingh Pretorius SD, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Hattingh Pretorius SD, SM, MMM
(1942–2008)
1 November 199331 December 19941 year, 60 days
15
Reginald Otto SD & Bar, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Reginald Otto SD & Bar, SM, MMM
(born 1943)
1 January 199530 June 19983 years, 180 days
16
Gilbert Ramano SSAS, SD, MMS, MMM, MMB
Lieutenant general
Gilbert Ramano SSAS, SD, MMS, MMM, MMB
(born 1939)
1 July 199831 May 20045 years, 335 days
17
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
Lieutenant general
Solly Shoke OMBG, SBS, MMS, OMS
(born 1956)
1 June 20041 May 20116 years, 334 days
18
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
Lieutenant general
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
(born 1957)
1 October 201131 January 20164 years, 122 days[9]
19
Lindile Yam
Lieutenant general
Lindile Yam
(born 1960)
1 February 2016Incumbent3 years, 190 days[10]

Lieutenant general Werndly van der Riet spent some time acting as Head of the Army.[8]:98

Chief of the Air Force

The Chief of the South African Air Force is the professional head of the Air Force. The post was called 'Director of Air Services' 1920–33, 'Director of Air & Technical Services' 1937–39, 'Director-General of Air Services' 1939–41, 'Director-General of the Air Force' 1941–51, and 'Air Chief of Staff' 1951–66, and has been 'Chief of the Air Force' since 1966.

Chief of the Air Force Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
Colonel
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld KBE, CB, DSO, MC
(1891–1972)
1 February 192030 September 193717 years, 241 days[11]
2
Francis Hoare CB, CBE
Colonel
Francis Hoare CB, CBE
(1879–1959)
1 October 193731 October 193730 days
3
Hector Daniel CBE, MC, AFC
Lieutenant colonel
Hector Daniel CBE, MC, AFC
(1898–1953)
1 November 193712 September 19392 years, 41 days
4
John Holthouse OBE
Colonel
John Holthouse OBE
(1891–1964)
13 September 193930 September 19401 year, 17 days
5
Christoffel Venter CB, DFC & bar
Major general
Christoffel Venter CB, DFC & bar
(1892–1977)
1 October 194016 October 19455 years, 15 days
6
Harold Willmott CBE
Brigadier
Harold Willmott CBE
(1899–1993)
17 October 194510 September 1946328 days
7
James 'Jimmy' Durrant CB, DFC
Brigadier
James 'Jimmy' Durrant CB, DFC
(1913–1990)
1 October 194630 June 19514 years, 272 days
(6)
Harold Willmott CBE
Brigadier
Harold Willmott CBE
(1899–1993)
1 July 195124 August 19543 years, 54 days
8
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
Brigadier
Stephen Melville SSA, OBE
(1904–1977)
25 August 195422 September 19562 years, 28 days
9
Barend Viljoen SSA, OBE
Major general
Barend Viljoen SSA, OBE
(1908–1995)
23 September 195630 April 19658 years, 219 days
10
Henry 'Kalfie' Martin SM, CBE, DFC
Lieutenant general
Henry 'Kalfie' Martin SM, CBE, DFC
(1910–2000)
1 May 196530 November 19672 years, 213 days
11
Jacobus Verster SSA, SM
Lieutenant general
Jacobus Verster SSA, SM
(1919–1981)
1 December 196728 February 19757 years, 89 days
12
Robert 'Bob' Rogers SSA, SM, MMM, DSO, DFC & bar
Lieutenant general
Robert 'Bob' Rogers SSA, SM, MMM, DSO, DFC & bar
(1921–2000)
1 March 197530 November 19794 years, 274 days
13
Michal Muller SSAS, SD
Lieutenant general
Michal Muller SSAS, SD
(born 1930)
1 December 197929 February 19844 years, 90 days
14
Denis Earp SSA, SD, SM, SOE
Lieutenant general
Denis Earp SSA, SD, SM, SOE
(born 1930)
1 March 198430 June 19884 years, 121 days
15
Jan van Loggerenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
Lieutenant general
Jan van Loggerenberg SSAS, SD, SOE, SM, MMM, ORB
(born 1935)
1 July 198831 October 19913 years, 122 days
16
James Kriel SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
James Kriel SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
(1942–2016)
1 November 199130 April 19964 years, 181 days
17
Willem Hechter SSA, SD, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Willem Hechter SSA, SD, SM, MMM
(born 1942)
1 May 199629 February 20003 years, 304 days[11]
18
Roelf Beukes SD, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Roelf Beukes SD, SM, MMM
1 March 200028 February 20054 years, 364 days
19
Carlo Gagiano SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Carlo Gagiano SM, MMM
(born 1951)
1 March 200530 September 20127 years, 213 days
20
Fabian Msimang SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Fabian Msimang SM, MMM
(born 1960)
1 October 2012Incumbent6 years, 313 days[12]

Chief of the Navy

The Chief of the South African Navy is the professional head of the Navy. The post was called 'Officer Commanding South African Naval Service' 1922–32, 'Director, Seaward Defence Force' 1940–42, 'Director, South African Naval Forces' 1942–51, 'Naval & Marine Chief of Staff' 1951–55, and 'Naval Chief of Staff' 1955–66, and has been 'Chief of the Navy' since 1966.

Chief of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Norman Rankin
Commander
Norman Rankin
1 April 19223 June 19286 years, 63 days
2
Robert F.U.P. Fitzgerald
Commander
Robert F.U.P. Fitzgerald
4 June 19284 November 19324 years, 153 days
Position of the Chief of the Navy did not exist from 1932–39[a]
3
Guy Hallifax CMG
Rear admiral
Guy Hallifax CMG
(1884–1941)
16 September 193928 March 1941 †1 year, 193 days
4
James Dalgleish CBE
Commodore
James Dalgleish CBE
(1891–1964)
28 March 194130 November 19465 years, 247 days
5
Frederick Dean OBE
Commodore
Frederick Dean OBE
(1900–1983)
1 December 194630 June 19514 years, 211 days
6
Pieter de Waal CB, CBE
Brigadier
Pieter de Waal CB, CBE
(1899–1977)
1 July 195130 November 19521 year, 152 days
7
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
Vice admiral
Hugo Biermann SSA, SD, OBE, GCIH
(1916–2012)
1 December 195231 March 197219 years, 121 days
8
James 'Flam' Johnson SSA, SM, DSC
Vice admiral
James 'Flam' Johnson SSA, SM, DSC
(1918–1990)
1 April 197230 September 19775 years, 182 days
9
Johan Charl Walters SD, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Johan Charl Walters SD, SM, MMM
(1919–1993)
1 October 197730 January 19802 years, 121 days
10
Ronald A. Edwards SSAS, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Ronald A. Edwards SSAS, SM, MMM
(1923–2014)
1 February 198030 September 19822 years, 241 days
11
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
Vice admiral
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
(1935–2014)
1 October 198230 June 19852 years, 272 days
12
Glen Syndercombe SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Glen Syndercombe SSA, SD, SOE, SM, MMM
(1931–2005)
1 July 198531 March 19893 years, 273 days
(11)
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
Vice admiral
Andries P 'Dries' Putter SSAS, SD, MMM
(1935–2014)
1 April 198930 June 19901 year, 90 days
13
Lambert J 'Woody' Woodburne DVR, SD, SM
Vice admiral
Lambert J 'Woody' Woodburne DVR, SD, SM
(1939–2013)
1 July 199031 August 19922 years, 61 days
14
Robert Simpson-Anderson SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Robert Simpson-Anderson SSAS, SD, SM, MMM
(born 1942)
1 September 199231 October 20008 years, 60 days
15
Johan Retief SD & Bar, PG, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Johan Retief SD & Bar, PG, SM, MMM
(born 1946)
1 November 200028 February 20054 years, 119 days
16
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu CLS, DMG, SM, MMS, MMM, MMB
Vice admiral
Refiloe Johannes Mudimu CLS, DMG, SM, MMS, MMM, MMB
(born 1954)
1 March 200531 March 20149 years, 30 days[13]
17
Samuel Hlongwane MMS, MMB
Vice admiral
Samuel Hlongwane MMS, MMB
(born 1962)
1 April 2014Incumbent5 years, 131 days

Surgeon General

The Surgeon General is the Chief of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS), which was known as the South African Medical Service (SAMS) before 1994.

Surgeon General Took office Left office Time in office Ref
South African Medical Service
1
Eugene Raymond SSA, SM
Major general
Eugene Raymond SSA, SM
(born 1923)
1 February 196031 March 19699 years, 58 days
2
Colin Cockcroft SSA, SM
Lieutenant general
Colin Cockcroft SSA, SM
(1917–1987)
1 April 196931 October 19778 years, 213 days
3
Nicolaas Nieuwoudt SSA, SD, SM
Lieutenant general
Nicolaas Nieuwoudt SSA, SD, SM
(1929–1989)
1 November 197729 February 198810 years, 120 days
4
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Lieutenant general
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1936)
1 March 198827 April 19946 years, 57 days
South African Military Health Service
1
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Lieutenant general
Daniel Knobel SD, SOE, SM, MMM, KStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1936)
27 April 199430 November 19973 years, 217 days
2
Davidson Masuku SSAS, MMM, KStJ
Lieutenant general
Davidson Masuku SSAS, MMM, KStJ
(1940–2000)
1 December 199730 September 20002 years, 334 days[14]
3
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
Lieutenant general
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
(born 1952)
1 October 200031 July 20054 years, 303 days
4
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
Lieutenant general
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
(born 1957)
1 August 200531 March 20137 years, 242 days
5
Aubrey Sedibe DMG, MMS, MMB, OStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
Lieutenant general
Aubrey Sedibe DMG, MMS, MMB, OStJ, MBC, HB, PHD
(born 1957)
1 April 2013Incumbent6 years, 131 days

Chief of Joint Operations

Chief of Joint Operations Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Deon Ferreira PVD, SD, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Deon Ferreira PVD, SD, SM, MMM
(1946–2002)
1 August 199731 December 20003 years, 152 days South African Army
2
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
Lieutenant general
Godfrey Ngwenya SBG, DMG, MMS, LOM
(born 1950)
1 January 200131 May 20054 years, 150 days South African Army
3
Sipho Binda MMS
Lieutenant general
Sipho Binda MMS
(1952–2006)
1 June 200510 November 2006 †1 year, 162 days South African Army[15]
4
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
(born 1953)
1 September 200730 September 20114 years, 29 days South African Army
5
Derrick Mgwebi
Lieutenant general
Derrick Mgwebi
(born 1956)
1 October 201131 January 20164 years, 122 days South African Army[9]
6
Duma Mdutyana MMB
Lieutenant general
Duma Mdutyana MMB
(1960–2016)
1 February 20166 July 2016 †156 days South African Army[16]
7
Barney Hlatshwayo
Lieutenant general
Barney Hlatshwayo
(born 1958)
1 January 2017Incumbent2 years, 221 days South African Army

Chief of Corporate Staff

The Chief of Corporate Staff is responsible for the provision of all staff services for the SANDF.[17]

Chief of Corporate Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Martyn Trainor SD, SM, MMM
Vice admiral
Martyn Trainor SD, SM, MMM
(born 1944)
1 October 200031 January 20043 years, 122 days South African Navy
2
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
Lieutenant general
Themba Matanzima CCM, SM, MMM
(born 1953)
1 February 200431 July 20051 year, 180 days South African Army
3
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
Lieutenant general
Jurinus Janse van Rensburg SD, SM, MMM, KStJ
(born 1952)
1 August 200530 April 20104 years, 272 daysSouth African Military Health Service
Louis Dlulane
Major general
Louis Dlulane
(born 1952)
Acting
1 May 201030 March 20132 years, 333 days South African Army[18]
4
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
Lieutenant general
Vejaynand Ramlakan DMG, MMS, MMB, KStJ
(born 1957)
1 April 201331 May 20152 years, 60 daysSouth African Military Health Service[18]
5
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
Lieutenant general
Vusumuzi Masondo MMM
(born 1957)
1 February 2016Incumbent3 years, 190 days South African Army[18]

Notes

  1. ^ During this period, the Navy disposed of its ships and reduced personnel to a few administrative staff due to the Great Depression.

References

  1. ^ "Chapter 1 : Introductory Provisions 4A. Military Command of Defence Force". Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002). Parliament of South Africa. 2002.
  2. ^ Defence Act (Act No. 42 of 2002). Parliament of South Africa. 2002.
  3. ^ Ellis, Johan (2000). "Oswald Pirow's Five-Year Plan for the Reorganisation of the Union Defence Force, 1933–1938". South African Journal of Military Studies. 30 (2).
  4. ^ http://www.dod.mil.za/documents/acts/defence%20act44of1957.pdf
  5. ^ Hamann, Hilton (2001). "Introduction". Days of the Generals. Cape Town: Zebra Press (Struck Publishers). ISBN 1-86872-340-2.
  6. ^ "Chief of the SANDF, General S. Shoke". Department of Defence. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Lillie, Ashley C. (2012). "The Origin and Development of the South African Army". Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies. 12 (2). doi:10.5787/12-2-618. ISSN 2224-0020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "LEIERS DEUR DIE JARE (1912-1982)". Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies (in Afrikaans). 12 (2): 89–98. doi:10.5787/12-2-631. ISSN 2224-0020.
  9. ^ a b "SANDF support to Springbok".
  10. ^ "Yam takes over from Masondo as Army Chief". defenceweb.co.za. DefenceWeb. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Fact file: Chiefs of the SA Air Force". DefenceWeb.co.za. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Lt General Msimang Takes Over Command Of SAAF".
  13. ^ Helfrich, Kim (23 January 2014). "Hlongwane named new Navy Chief". Defenceweb. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  14. ^ Leon Engelbrecht (26 November 2008). "Fact file: Surgeons General". defenceweb.co.za.
  15. ^ "Binda had a long and distinguished military career". Sowetan. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Head of SANDF joint operations, Duma Mdutyana dies". ENCA. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Defence Amendment Bill 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  18. ^ a b c "New Chief of Corporate Staff Services for SANDF". defenceweb.co.za. DefenceWeb. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
Andries Putter

Vice Admiral Andries Petrus Putter (2 December 1935 – 17 July 2014) was a South African military commander who served as Chief of the South African Navy twice, first from 1982 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 1990. He was born in Brits in 1935.

Aubrey Sedibe

Lieutenant General Aubrey Phegelelo Sedibe MBChB is a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he served in Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, during the liberation struggle against the South African government in the 1980s, and transferred to the South African National Defence Force when MK was incorporated into it in 1994.

Chief of the South African National Defence Force

The Chief of the South African National Defence Force is the most senior South African military officer and the professional Head of the Defence Force and is appointed by the President of South Africa.The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was formed in 1994 following the democratic general election in South Africa and was created by an amalgamation of the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) as well as the existing South African Defence Force (SADF) structure of Army, Air Force, Navy, and Medical Service (which was renamed Military Health Service in 1998).

Daniel Knobel

Daniel 'Neil' Knobel (born 29 November 1936) was a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he was Surgeon-General, in command of the South African Medical Service, from 1988 to 1997.

Davidson Masuku

Lieutenant-General Davidson Masuku (8 March 1940 - 17 April 2000) was a South African military commander and physician. He joined Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, and was its Chief of Health Services from 1993 to 1994, when MK was incorporated into the South African National Defence Force.

He commanded the South African Military Health Service, as Surgeon-General, from 1997 to 2000.

Eugene Raymond

Major-General Eugene Raymond (born 1923) was a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he joined the South African Army's medical corps in 1952, and was appointed Surgeon-General at Defence Headquarters in 1960. When the medical services were centralised in 1968 he became the chief of the new organisation. He retired from military service in 1969.

Frederick Dean (SA Navy)

Commodore Frederick Dean (1900–1983) was a South African military commander.

Gilbert Ramano

Lieutenant General Gilbert Lebeko Ramano (born 7 July 1939 in Sophiatown) is a South African military commander.

Hattingh Pretorius

Lieutenant General Hattingh Pretorius (1942–2008) was a South African military commander, who held the post of Chief of the South African Army November 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994.

Jacobus Verster

Lieutenant-General Jacobus Verster (1919 – 1981) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1936, and served in World War II. He was Chief of the Air Force from 1967 to 1975.

Johan Retief

Vice Admiral Johan Retief was the Chief of the South African Navy from 2000 to 2005.

Retief was born on 20 March 1946 in Cape Town, matriculating at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck in Cape Town.

Jurinus Janse van Rensburg

Lieutenant-General Jurinus (Rinus) Janse van Rensburg is a former South African military commander. He joined the South African Military Health Service in 1972 and commanded it, as Surgeon-General, from 2000 to 2005. He served as Chief of Corporate Staff from 1 August 2005 until his retirement in 2010.

Nicolaas Nieuwoudt

Lieutenant-General Nicolaas Nieuwoudt MBChB (1929–1989) was a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he joined the South African Air Force's medical branch in 1960, after five years private practise. He commanded the South African Medical Service, as Surgeon-General, from 1977 to 1988. The SAMS was upgraded to rank equally with the Army, Air Force, and Navy in 1979.

Petrus Jacobs

Major-General Petrus Jacobs (1910-1967) was a South African military commander.

Pieter de Waal

Brigadier Pieter de Waal (31 December 1899, Zeerust – June 1977, Wynberg) was a South African military commander. He joined the Union Defence Forces as a coast gunner in 1922.

Reginald Otto

Lieutenant General Reginald Otto (born Krugersdorp, 9 July 1943) was a South African military commander, who held the post of Chief of the South African Army.

Ronald A. Edwards

Vice Admiral Ronald Alvin Edwards (1923–2014) was a South African military commander.

Vejaynand Ramlakan

Lieutenant-General Vejaynand Indurjith Ramlakan is a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he served in Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, during the liberation struggle against the South African government in the 1980s, and transferred to the South African National Defence Force when MK was incorporated into it in 1994.

Willem Louw

Lieutenant-General Willem Petrus Louw (Bloemhof, 24 November 1920 – 4 July 1980) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Army in the Special Service Battalion in 1938, and served in Italy in World War II.

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