AFB Durban

 Vision, Mission, Strategy & Core Values


Air Force Base Durban, Air Power Excellence by Air Power Professionals.


Air Force Base Durban provides combat ready air capabilities in service of our nation.


  • AFB Durban will create an environment in which all employees are well trained, motivated and take pride in being part of the Air Force.

  • AFB Durban is an organization of integrity exercising leadership so as to render service excellence which exceeds our customer expectations.


To establish Air Force Base Durban
as a centre for air power excellence
by means of empowering a diverse
corps of people and embracing
change through dynamic strategic


 Unit Emblem

As in the name AFB Durban, indicates that the geographical position is Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

AFB Durban provides domestic services to certain living-in squadrons.

The word “Tekwane” is a Zulu reference to the “Place of the Hammerhead”. The Hammerhead bird was abundant in the once marshy Durban area and in particular the present location of AFB Durban through development and, of course construction of Louis Botha Airport, the Hammerhead bird has almost entirely disappeared. Thus a fitting motto for an equally fitting location.

4. The Unit Emblem was approved on 7 April 1982 by the Chief of the Air Force.


 Officer Commanding


Col Bekker was born in Johannesburg on 27 December 1954. He attended Discovery Primary School and matriculated at Florida Park High School in 1972.

The South African Airways initially employed him until 1976 when he received an inter-departmental transfer to the South African Air Force. During his employ at the South African Airways he did his National Service in the South African Air Force.

He attended Pilots Course 2/76 and received his wings in December 1977 on Impala aircraft at Air Force Base Langebaanweg, after having done his ab initio flying training on Harvards at Central Flying School Dunnottar.

Col Bekker’s flying tours consist of flying

a. Harvards as a flying instructor;
b. Kudu aircraft;
c. Dakota DC3s;
d. Dakota C47TPs;
e. King Airs;
f. Cessna Caravans; and
g. Part-time duty at the Air Force Museum on the Albatross aircraft as well as the Dakota DC3.

The above tours were at 41 Squadron, 44 Squadron and Central Flying School Dunnottar. He also had two command tours as Officer Commanding 44 and 41 Squadrons.
He is an “A1” category qualified flying instructor.
Col Bekker was also employed

a. At SAAF College from 1982 until 1987 as a Directing Staff Member;
b. At the Air Force Command Post;
c. At the Directorate Force Preparation;
d. At the Directorate Operational Plans;
e. On the staff of the Inspector General of the Air Force (IGAF) from 1999 until 2004;
f. And at the Directorate Military Aviation Regulations and Policy.

Col Bekker competed his Senior Command and Staff Course in 1995 and was promoted to Colonel on 1 January 2002.

Some of Col Bekker’s career highlights are

a. Receiving his wings;
b. Flying in the Harvard 50 ship formation in 1990;
c. Being a Squadron Commander;
d. And being the Senior Assessor at Inspector General of the Air Force from 2002 until 2004.
e. He was also a member of the team that pioneered the introduction of the Excellence Model into the SAAF in 1999 under the guidance of Lt Gen C. Gagiano (then Inspector General of the Air Force).
f. The latest highlight is his appointment as the Officer Commanding Air Force Base Durban.
He is a life member of the South African Air Force Association and served as the Vice Chairman of the Eastern Transvaal Branch from 1989 to 1991, also serving on the National Executive Committee during this same period.

Col Bekker is married to Marina, and they have four children and two grand children.


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