Gen S.D. Mashobane
CURRICULUM VITAE – MAJ GEN S.D. MASHOBANE
Maj Gen Sipho David Mashobane was born at Alexandra Township in
Johannesburg on 23 January 1956. The family moved to Soweto
(Meadowlands) in 1959. He started his schooling in Mpumalanga Primary
School and ended up at Meadowlands High School doing his final Senior
Certificate in 1976. The same year during the Soweto uprisings, he left
the country and joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) the military wing of the
ANC. He underwent training in different countries and held various
positions while in exile. He returned to the Republic of South Africa in
He integrated into the SANDF in 1994 as a Captain and completed the
Officer Orientation Course in 1995. In 1997 after completion of the
Junior Command and Staff Course, he was promoted to the rank of Major
and appointed as the Officer Commanding of 502 Squadron.
In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Lt Col and appointed as the
Training Co-ordinator and later the Efficiency Co-ordinator at Air Force
In 2002, he completed the Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme. In
2003, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed as the
Officer Commanding Air Force Gymnasium. He completed the UN Staff
Officers’ Course in Germany.
In 2004, he completed the Executive National Security Programme. In
2005, he was promoted to the rank of Brig Gen and appointed as Director
Education Training and Development in the South African Air Force.
In January 2008, he was appointed as the Commandant of the South African
National War College.
On 1 February 2011 he was appointed as the Inspector General of the Air
On 01 February 2014 he was appointed as Chief Director Force Preparation
Maj Gen Mashobane is married and is blessed with a wife, two sons and
two daughters and his hobbies are reading and playing chess. He plays
golf and does gym training to keep fit.