The Following have been appointed to the Reserve Force Council, by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans in terms of Section 48(2) of the Defence Act,2002:
COUNCILOR K.M. MOKGOAPE
Maj Gen Keith Mokoape (Ret) was born in Wallmansthal, north of Pretoria, in 1947. He studied for the Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology at the Limpopo University, holds a Master of Management degree from the Wits Business School and completed the ENSP Course at the SA National Defence College. In 1971, he enrolled for an M.B.Ch.B degree with the Medical Faculty of the University of Natal, which he abandoned to join the liberation struggle.
He joined the African National Congress (ANC) and its military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1972. From a foot soldier he rose to become Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence in 1988, deputizing Mr. Ronnie Kasrils, and in 1989, Chief of Military Intelligence of MK. He worked closely with the late Mr. Chris Hani (then Chief of Staff), and the late Mr. Joe Modise (the first Minister of Defence in Democratic South Africa).
Maj Gen Keith Mokoape was Co-Chairperson of the Reserve Force Council from 1994 to 2003. In 2003 he was appointed Chief of the SA Army Reserve, a position he held until 2013.
General Mokoape was awarded the Merit Medal in Silver (MMS) as a former member of MK for exceptionally meritorious service and particular devotion to duty. He recently was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver.
He is the Chairperson and Director of several Companies and was a member of the ARMSCOR Board for two terms and CEO of the SA Army Foundation.
Currently, he is the Chairperson of the RFC and Vice President South Africa of the CIOR (Inter-Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers).
COUNCILOR J.A. DEL MONTE
Brig Gen John Albert Del Monte (Ret), served in the South African and South African National Defence Force for 27 years. He was a Regular Force member from 1974 to 2001 and the Director Defence Reserves at Defence Head Quarters when he retired. He had previously served as a Reserve Force member from 1969 to 1973 after completing his National Service as an Air Defence Artillery Gunner. He has been associated with the Military for 50 years this year (2018) since his National Service.
He was a special adviser to the Reserve Force Council since 2001 and he was appointed by the Minister of Defence as a Reserve Force Councillor in terms of the Defence Act, 2002 in 2005 and continues to serve as a Ministerially appointed member. He was a Vice Chairperson of the RFC, Parliamentary Officer, Chairperson of the International Relations Committee, Head of Foreign Relations for the Reserve Force Council and served as Vice President South Africa of the CIOR (Inter-Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers) from 2010 to 2014 and attended the CIOR General Assemblies in Europe in that capacity.
He completed both the SA Air Force and SA Naval Senior Command and Staff courses and the National Joint Staff Course at the SA National Defence College. He was on the Directing Staff of the Naval Course. He was awarded the Southern Cross Medal for “exceptional service” and Bar indicating that the medal was awarded for a second time. The Military Medal of Merit was awarded to him for “performing service of a high order”.
He was the Western Cape Manager of the company Camsecure, servicing the Security and Surveillance Industry. He was the National Vice-President of the SA Legion of Military Veterans and a Trustee of the Cape Garrison Regimental Trust.
He has attended and represented South Africa at the International Congress of the Konrad Adenhauer Foundation at Wesseling, Germany on ten occasions.