Director Education Training and Development



Brigadier General J. Khanye


Born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg on 14 May 1956.  The family was forcibly moved to Meadowlands.  He started his elementary schooling at Limerick Bantoe Skool in the Free State.  He later went back to Johannesburg for primary and secondary education.  He actively participated in the June 16 Uprising against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction to all subjects, but vernacular.

He joined uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1976 and underwent basic and function training in Angola and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics respectively.  He was later to be trained by Irish Republican Army on manufacturing of explosives. He became the youngest commander ever in the ranks of MK in charge of special training.

He was later deployed in Kwa-Zulu Natal to establish units that were to target and sabotage RSA strategic installation and national key points.  He returned to exile after he was injured during exchange of fire with the then SADF in the Piet Retief area.  After thorough medical examination he was found not be fit for military operations again, hence his desire to further his education in aeronautical science.

He returned to South Africa in 1991 and integrated into the new SANDF in 1994.  After his promotion to a Lt Col, he was immediately sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo to establish a new military attaché’s office and help to strengthen military relationship between SANDF and Armed Forces of the DRC.  He was further tasked by the Commander-in-Chief to explore the possibility of negotiation between the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and the Rwandan Defence Force in an effort to resolve the conflict in the Great Lakes Region.

He has completed all military courses and he has been the commanding officer of several units before his appointment as SSO Technology and later Director of education, training and development to date.  He is well-known for being ardent disciplinarian and a bulwark of anti-corruption.  He detests cronyism, nepotism, tribalism and racism because these malpractices pose serious threat to the stability of the organisation, the SAAF.    

He is married and blessed with three children, one son and two daughters. 

He is a passionate chess player and a fanatic of soccer.  He prefers provoking discussions on topical issues, particularly matters that affect our day-to-day lives both at work place and as citizens of the RSA. 

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