Appointment of new Chief of the South Africa Air Force
SANDF has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Major
General Fabian Zimpande (ZAKES) Msimang as the new Chief of the
South Africa Air Force with effect from 01 October 2012.
Maj Gen Msimang intergrated into the South
African National Defence Force in 1994 after the first
democratic Elections as a qualified pilot on the Mi 8 and Mi 25
helicopters. He received his flying training at Frunze 1 Central
Officers Training Center -Kirghizstan, in the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics from 1986 to 1991.
He graduated from the institution with a diploma
in Command & Tactics of Military Aviation. During his career he
has flown the Mi 8, Mi 25 Allouette III, Oryx helicopters and
also did a factory conversion onto the A 109E at Agusta Westland
He was a member of the Armed Wing of the African
National Congress, Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK). He has been in combat
as an MK cadre in Angola in 1986. Post 1994 he has been an
operational pilot at maritime and inland squadrons. He has also
been deployed on several occasions as a Military Liaison
In 1994, he completed the Air Force of Zimbabwe's
Junior and Staff Course. In 2000, he was appointed as the
Assistant Project Officer on Project Flange in Italy. This was
an acquisition project of the Agusta A109 LUH which replaced the
Allouette III helicopter. Whilst in Italy, in 2002 he
successfully completed the Senior Staff Course at the Italian
Air Force War School. In 2003 successfully completed the Joint
Senior Command and Staff Programme at the South African War
College, having to do specific modules in joint warfare.
Upon his return from Italy in 2003, he was
appointed Officer Commanding of the Helicopter Flying School at
Air Force Base Bloemfontein. In 2005 he was appointed as Officer
Commanding Air Force Base Bloemspruit and promoted to the rank
of Colonel. In 2006, he completed the Executive National
Security Programme at the South African National Defence
After a two and a half year tour as Officer
Commanding Air Force Base Bloemspriut he was transferred to the
Air Command in June 2007 appointed as Director Helicopter
Systems and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. In
November 2010 he was appointed as Chief Director Air Policy and
Plans and promoted to the rank of Major General responsible Air
Force strategy, policies, capabilities and resource allocation
and also serves as a Non-Executive Director to the Air Traffic
and Navigation Systems Board.
Major General Fabian Msimang is married to Afrika
and has four sons.
The leadership in the SANDF wishes to
congratulate Maj Gen Msimang on his new appointment and trust
that he will carry on executing his duties to the best of his
ability inline with the SANDF’s constitutional mandate. With the
same breath the leadership of the SANDF extend gratitude to
thank General Gagiano for his dedication and contributions to
the development of the SAAF in particular the SANDF in general.
Further enquiries may be directed to Director
Defence Corporate Communications, Brig Gen Xolani Mabanga, at
Tel: 012 355 6303.