New JOps deputy chief named, but no word on a new Chief

It appears no decision has yet been taken on who will become the next commander of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Joint Operations Division. Rear Admiral Derek Christian, officially Deputy Joint Ops Chief and acting Chief since the deah of Lieutenant General Duma Mdutyana, retires at end of February next year. He will be replaced by current Brigadier General Eddie Drost of the SA Army who will become a major general when he moves to his new post on March 1. No appointment as Chief Joint Ops is contained in the as yet unreleased promotions and transfers signal for generals and admirals. The deputy chiefs of the SA Air Force, SA Navy and SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) will all be leaving their respective arms of service.

Major General Jerry Malinga is due to retire as SA Air Force number two in June next year and will be replaced by Major General, currently Brigadier General, MI Buthelezi. Rear Admiral Hanno Teuteberg has decided to voluntarily leave the SA Navy using a MEM (members exit mechanism) and his last day in uniform will be March 31 next year. Taking over from him in the Visagie Street, Pretoria building housing the Navy Office will be Rear Admiral Guy Jamieson, currently a JG. The post of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), vacant since the departure of Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs after 40 years of service three months ago, will be filled by current Rear Admiral (JG) AE Kubu who becomes a full rear admiral on assumption of the CNS post. At SA Military Health Services headquarters in Kasteelpark, Major General HC Grobler retires at the end of July next year. His post will be taken by current brigadier general N Ndhlovu, who will earn his second star when he becomes the number two military medic in the country.

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