of Command and Medal Parade held on 22 February 2008.
Addressing the guests and parade alike, Brig Gen Burger
remarked that: “A medal can never be bought or
negotiated, it can only be earned. It is a symbol of
The event was held at the South African Air Force College,
Thaba Tshwane, in Pretoria.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Air Force
Command Council as well as the previously retired Chief of the Air Force,
Lt Gen Roelf Beukes and his spouse.
Other members included the outgoing Officer
Commanding of the SAAF College; Col Lembede, the Officer Commanding
designate of the SAAF College, Col Janse van Rensburg and
his spouse; medal recipients and their respective guests
senior officers and non-commissioned officers attending the
Gen Burger also noted that the award of a medal to a
member of the SAAF reflected the Air Force’s recognition and
appreciation of and respect for the member’s dedication in
rendering a service of high standard. It is imperative, he
said, that all members identify and peruse the organisation’s mission, key values, role, goals and broad
force design. Additionally, he also elaborated on some
internal developments in the SAAF.
Brig Gen Burger commended those on parade by saying that they
had upheld one of the best traditions of the Air Force, and that
they were a credit to the South African National Defence
Those who received medals were:
Lt Col P.M. Dolo
(Operational Medal for Southern Africa),
Lt Col P.M. Dolo,
Sgt M.C. Sefume (South Africa Service Medal),
Lt Col P. M. Dolo,
Lt Col D.A. Lebele,
Lt Col R.V. Thwala,
Sgt M.C. Sefume,
Sgt S.F. Serero (Unitas Medal),
F.Sgt T.J. Mathe and
Sgt M.C. Sefume (Good Service Medal (Bronze) and
Capt G. J. Botha and
Capt G. Kirsten (Medalje vir Troue Diens).
Herewith the CV of the outgoing Officer Commanding of the
SAAF College, Col P.S. Lembede.
Col P.S. Lembede was born in KwaZulu Natal, (Umbumbulu), on
22 August 1965. He joined the Azanian People’s Liberation
Army (APLA) in 1982, and matriculated at Ekwazini Senior
Secondary School in 1986.
In 1989 he successfully completed his Secondary Teacher’s
Diploma at Amanzimtoti College of Education. The following
year he became a teacher at S’khwama Junior Secondary
School. In 1991 he was transferred to Zwelihle Secondary
School. Five years later, he was posted to Embizweni Senior
Col Lembede was integrated in the SANDF in 1997. He joined
the SAAF in the same year as a Major at AFB
Durban. In 1999 he finished a B.A. degree at the University
of Zululand. In 2002 he attained his Masters Degree in Human
Resource from Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) and as from
2008 he became a first year student for a Masters Degree in
Business Leadership (MBL).
Col Lembede completed the Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC)
in 1999. Furthermore, he finished the Joint Senior Command
and Staff Programme (JSCSP) in 2004 at the National War
College, before his appointment as Officer Commanding
of the SAAF College from 01 January 2005 until 31 December
Some of the achievements as OC of the SAAF College was
attaining first position as the best SAAF Training Unit in
2006. During the same year, the South African Qualifications
Authority (SAQA) accredited the College. In 2007, the SAAF
College achieved third position as the SAAF’s Best Training
Col Lembede was appointed Senior Staff Officer Human
Resource Development at the Air Command with effect from 01 January 2008. He is married to Pretty Lindiwe and they have
two daughters, Nolwande (7) and Siyajabula (4)
Col J.W. (Wessie) Janse van Rensburg, matriculated
in 1979 at the Wolmaranstad Technical High School (North
West) and joined the Defence Force on 18 April 1980.
He completed the Officers’ Forming Course in 1989 and was
subsequently transferred to the Forward Air Force Command
Post (FACP) in Port Elizabeth, where he served as an
Intelligence Officer. He completed the Certificate in
Military Management at UNISA in 1993.
On 11 April 1994, Col van Rensburg was transferred to the
Air Force Command Post (AFCP) in Pretoria, where, under the
command of the Senior Staff Officer Intelligence for
Operations, he served as Staff Officer Intelligence Force
On 01 March 1995,
Col van Rensburg was appointed as Staff
Officer Intelligence Services in the Directorate
Intelligence and on 01 January 1998 he was selected as Staff
Officer Collection and Resource Management. During this
period, he was also appointed as Secretary of the
then SAAF Intelligence Staff Council and completed the Junior Command
and Staff Course.
The following year, Col van Rensburg was appointed Staff
Officer Intelligence and
Security Plan in the Directorate Air Capability Plan at the
Air Force Office. During this time, he served as the task
team leader under the chairmanship of Brig Gen Riaz Saloojee
(ret), who was charged with the responsibility of advising
the then Air Force Board (now Air Force Command Council) on
the transformation of the Air Force.
On 12 February 2001, Col van Rensburg was appointed as SSO
Corporate Strategy at the Directorate Corporate Staff
Services, as well as Secretary of the then Air Force Board.
In December the same year, he was temporarily selected as
the Personal Staff Officer of the previous Chief of the Air
Force, Lt Gen Roelf J. Beukes (ret).
In 2003 he completed the Joint Senior Command and Staff
Programme at the National War College. On 01 January
2004, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and permanently
appointed as the Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the
Air Force, a position in which he first served under the
former Chief of the Air Force and subsequently also under
the current Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano.
Col Janse van Rensburg was appointed as Officer Commanding
of the SAAF College with effect from 01 January 2008. He is
married to Alta and they have three children, Drikus, Esca
Did you know?
The SAAF College was formed as a wing of the former South
African Military College on 07 March 1949. On 01 July 1950,
the Air Wing became the Independent Air Administration and
Staff School and on 07 December 1951 it was renamed the SAAF