The new man in charge of SA Military Health Service’s (SAMHS) 7 Medical Battalion Group, Colonel Mcebisi Mdutywa, has earned the joint qualifications of medical doctor and Special Forces operator to ensure his new command performs to the best of its ability in service.
Mdutywa took command of the Centurion-headquartered specialist military medical battalion from outgoing Officer Commanding Colonel Siphiwo Nqqukuvana on Friday at SAMHS training formation in Thaba Tshwane.
Thirty-nine-year-old Mdutywa has been with 7 Medical Battalion Group since 2005 and is seen as an expert in the operations environment.
He was born in what was Transkei and completed his schooling in Umtata after which he enrolled at Medunsa and successfully completed his MBChB in 2002. Mdutywa spent an intern year at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex before doing community service at Rietvlei Hospital and then joining the SANDF in 2005 doing basic military training as a captain at 5 Special Forces Regiment.
He qualified as a paratrooper in September 2005 becoming the first black doctors in the SA National Defence Force to earn the coveted “wings” followed just on a year later by his Special Forces operator’s badge, in silver.
In keeping with his training his welcoming address was delivered by a freefall team of military health parachutists.
Mdutywa has been deployed internally and continentally and was previously second in command of the Centurion unit.