Director Air Transport and Maritime Systems



Brigadier General Z.A. Vellem.

CV:  81525040PE  BRIG GEN A.Z. VELLEM  ensp psc(j)

Brig Gen Alfred Zamile Vellem was born on 23 March 1955 in Korsten, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.  He attended the Balazi and Tyutyu Primary Schools and Zeleni High School in King Williams Town, where he Matriculated in 1980.

He joined the Former Ciskei Defence Force on 01 March 1981.  From November 1983 till April 1985 he did his initial Pilot Training in Israel where he flew the Cessna C152 and C172, the Piper PA18 and P28 and the British Norman Islander BN 2A and 2B.

Upon his return to South Africa he was utilised as a Station Pilot at Umthata, where he flew the PA 28 and BN 2A and 2B aircraft.

In April 1994 Brig Gen Vellem integrated into the S.A. Air Force.  He attended a conversion course at 81 Flying School Lanseria on the Cessna 172 and Baron Beechcraft 58 Aircraft. From 1994 1996 he was Station Pilot at AFB  Langebaanweg where he flew the PCVII Aircraft from the former Bophuhatswana.  From 1996 to 1997 Brig Gen Vellem was at 68 Multi Engine Flying School  at AFB Bloemspruit. From 1998 till 1999 he was utilised at 44 Sqn, AFB Waterkloof as a Station Pilot. From  January 2000 till Dec 2004 Gen Vellem was Officer Commanding, Forward Air Force Command Post in Port Elizabeth.  He was promoted to the rank of Colonel wef 01 January 2004 and became SSO Air THQEC, Air Operations.  He was Officer Commanding 21 Squadron, AFB Waterkloof from January 2006 till June 2008, when he became Chief Project Officer, Air Transport at DAFA  Defence Headquarters. Brig Gen Vellem was promoted to the rank of Brig Gen wef  01 November 2011 and became the Director Air Transport and Maritime Systems, his current post.

He completed his Junior Command and Staff course at S.A. Air Force College in 1998. In 2004 Brig Gen Vellem did the Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme and in 2008 the Executive National Security Programme at the S.A. National War College.

Brig Gen Vellem is the proud holder of the Ciskei Defence Force Medals for Independence and Commendation.  He also has the Good Service Medals for both 10 and Twenty Years  and the Unitas Medal of  the S.A. Air Force.

He takes a keen interest in Sport especially Boxing, Wrestling, Soccer, Rugby and Tennis.

Brig Gen Vellem is married to Nomvula, Eunice and they have four Children and 5 Grandchildren.

He will retire in March 2015.

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