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
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