Home South Africa Ramaphosa names Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as new SANDF chief

Ramaphosa names Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as new SANDF chief

Ramaphosa names Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as new SANDF chief

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as the new chief of the South African Nationwide Defence Pressure (SANDF).

This was the main appointment in what amounts to a main armed forces shake-up.

Early Newspaper

“With originate from June 1 2021, Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya will assume the self-discipline of chief of the South African Nationwide Defence Pressure. Lt-Gen Maphwanya will doubtless be promoted to basic upon his appointment and must abet in this self-discipline for five years,” acknowledged Ramaphosa, in his skill as the commander-in-chief of the SANDF.

Maphwanya takes over from Gen Solly Zacharia Shoke, who retires on the tip of Could well perchance also.

Ramaphosa acknowledged Maphwanya — who’s a “extremely decorated officer with vast operational skills” — started his armed forces profession in 1978 in uMkhonto weSizwe and, since 1994, has held a huge collection of positions within the SANDF.

He was appointed as basic officer commanding the South African Special Forces in 2006 and as basic officer commanding the SA Infantry Formation in 2016. In 2019, Maphwanya was appointed as chief of joint operations.

Ramaphosa acknowledged the Military Picture was constituted by the chiefs of the armed services and products and divisions of the SANDF, collectively with the military, navy, air power, and the armed forces health services and products. It furthermore has chiefs of joint operations, defence intelligence, logistics, human resources and chief of workers.

He further explained that all maintain been commanders of their respective services and products and divisions.

“I if truth be told maintain chosen to make a national announcement on these appointments as it is the most colossal trade of expose of the armed forces in different years,” acknowledged Ramaphosa, adding that this was geared in direction of reaching a “seamless and tender” handover from one neighborhood of leaders to 1 other.

He acknowledged the timing of the announcement was critical as the SANDF celebrates the anniversary of its formation in April.

“It was at nighttime on April 27 1994 that all unparalleled armed forces in this country ceased to exist and a newly integrated South African Nationwide Defence Pressure was formed. The SANDF brought collectively the forces of uMkhonto weSizwe, the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Military and the defence forces of the previous checklist; the SADF and the defence forces of the Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei,” acknowledged Ramaphosa.

The defence power’s central mission is to guard electorate, defend the country as effectively as to offer peace and balance.  

“Most lately, the SANDF has made a worthwhile contribution to the national response to the coronavirus pandemic, and continues to offer strengthen as we try to beat this crisis,” he acknowledged.

Ramaphosa paid homage to outgoing SANDF chief Shoke for his “eminent provider” to the of us of SA.

“A younger activist of the 1976 generation, Gen Shoke grew to vary into a combatant of uMkhonto weSizwe and commander in assorted roles, in a roundabout intention serving within the SANDF after the combination task in April 1994,” he acknowledged, adding that Shoke eminent himself within the early days of integration as a major basic and chief human resources strengthen.

He then took over the reins as lieutenant-basic and chief of the SA military till he was appointed as SANDF chief in 2011.

“He has led the Military Picture of the SANDF through the years with distinction, and in particular as the major protection adviser to the minister of defence and armed forces veterans. Since changing into president and commander-in-chief in 2018, I if truth be told maintain admired and liked Gen Shoke’s professionalism, diligence and clever counsel,” acknowledged Ramaphosa.

The president  thanked outgoing chief and commander of the air power, Lt-Gen Zimpande Msimang, who retired in September 2020.

Assorted outgoing or resigned contributors of the Military Picture encompass chief of defence intelligence, Lt-Gen Jeremiah Nyembe, and chief of the South African armed forces health services and products, surgeon basic Zola Dabula.

Alongside with Maphwanya, Ramaphosa appointed Maj-Gen Wiseman Simo Mbambo as the new chief of the South African Air Pressure.

“Maj-Gen Mbambo started his armed forces profession in uMkhonto weSizwe, the place, amongst various things, he served as a practicing trainer within the Kibaxe Camp in Angola and was commander responsible of the unparalleled MK Military Aviation Community that underwent practicing within the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991,” acknowledged Ramaphosa.

Mbambo served in different positions within the air power, collectively with basic officer commanding air power base Waterkloof and chief of workers air operations. He is now SANDF deputy chief of workers.

Maj-Gen Siphiwe Sangweni has been appointed the new chief of joint operations as of June 1 2021.

“The joint operations division is accountable for internal and exterior operations performed by the SANDF and for the employment of joint forces,” acknowledged the president.

Sangweni started his armed forces profession within the underground structures of uMkhonto weSizwe before present process armed forces practicing in Tanzania. He returned to SA in February 1994 as a platoon commander within the national peacekeeping power, before being integrated into the SANDF.

“He has served in a huge collection of operational deployments, collectively with as portion of AU and UN missions in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Ramaphosa acknowledged.

Sangweni is now serving as the basic officer commanding joint operations.

As of November 1 2021, Maj-Gen Ntshavheni Maphaha will recall within the self-discipline of surgeon basic, commanding  the armed forces health provider and plans and executives a health-care belief to a patient inhabitants of extra than 300,000 of us.

Maphaha started his knowledgeable profession as a scientific officer at Tshilidzini Health heart in Thohoyandou in 1992 and has held several positions within the armed forces health provider, collectively with as the basic officer commanding 1 Military Health heart from 2012 to Could well perchance also 2020.

Since June 2020, he has been serving as chief director of the armed forces health power preparation.

Furthermore, Ramaphosa launched Maj-Gen Thalita Mxakato as no longer finest the new chief of defence intelligence as of June 1, but that she would possibly be the first lady to maintain a self-discipline on the Military Picture.

“That is a huge — and long past due — improvement within the continued effort to strategy the self-discipline of girls people in our armed forces,” acknowledged Ramaphosa.

Her division, acknowledged Ramaphosa, presents fight-ready intelligence and counterintelligence capabilities for employment in operations or joint and multinational power preparations.

Mxakato joined uMkhonto weSizwe in 1983. She performed her basic practicing in Angola and specialisation practicing in Germany. She has served within the SANDF since its formation in 1994.

Ramaphosa acknowledged: “Before becoming a member of the defence intelligence division in 2003, she served within the South African Military Health Services and the Defence Inspectorate Division.”

Mzakato now serves as deputy chief of defence intelligence.

Ramaphosa acknowledged upon taking on their positions, the three majors-basic will doubtless be promoted to the execrable of lieutenant-basic.

“I am confident that beneath the management of these males and females people, the SANDF will proceed to fulfil its constitutional responsibility, to defend and defend the republic, its territorial integrity and its of us,” acknowledged Ramaphosa.


Ramaphosa names Lt-Gen Rudzani Maphwanya as new SANDF chief