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Brig Gen Nontobeko Mpaxa

Commandant SA Army Combat Training Centre

Brigadier General Nontobeko Mpaxa was born on the 11th October 1965 in Mount Frere. She completed her school career at Zibokwana Senior Secondary School at Mount Frere.

From 1985 General Mpaxa served within the ranks of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in the underground structures inside the country, she later left the country in exile and settled in Uganda where she received military training and was trained in other countries, among other involvement externally she became a Section Commander, Platoon Commander, Instructor and also served in a Commissariat section. She also led woman structures in the military base upon coming back in the country in the following the un-burning of the liberation movement. She was appointed as Sub Regional Organiser for elections in 1994 by the ANC.

In 1994 she integrated from MK to the newly established SANDF. In 1995 started her training at South African Army Women's College in George. During 2001 General Mpaxa became the first female in Infantry Formation to Command an Infantry Battalion, 2005 was again appointed as the first female Commander of the Army Support Base in the history of Army Support Formation within South African Army.

With effect from 1 December 2007, she was appointed as the first female Commandant at South African Army Combat Training Centre.

She completed the Joint Senior Command and Staff Duties Course in 2003 at the Army College and the Executive National Security Programme in 2007 South African National Defense College.

She is currently busy with her B Com degree, specializing in Human Resource at the University of South Africa.

During the General's military career the following medals were awarded to her:

* OPS Medal for South Africa (MK)
* General Service Medal.
* Unitas Medal.
* 10 Years Good Service Medal, Bronze.
* 20 Years Good Service Medal, Silver.

During her term as Officer Commanding Army Support Base Easter Cape, the General was awarded the Leadership Award by Eastern Cape Award Office.