Vice Admiral (Ret) Refiloe Johannes Mudimu
Mudimu was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg in 1954. He joined the African National Congress and Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1975 and left South Africa on 14 August 1976 to serve the ANC in exile as one of the 1976 student leaders.
He received his military training in Angola, East Germany and the former USSR. In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Personnel and Training and served in MK High Command until the integration of the forces to form the South African National Defence Force in 1994.
After the integration of the forces he was appointed as MK Chief of Staff Personnel and Training and later became Director – Integration of the Non-Statutory Forces. On 12 January 1998, he was appointed into the South African Navy as a Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) and appointed as the Inspector General of the Navy. On 1 April 1999, he was appointed Chief of Fleet Staff.
On 1 October 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and appointed as Chief Director Maritime Support. This post description was later changed to Chief of Naval Staff. On 1 March 2005 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed as Chief of the South African Navy until his retirement in 2014.
Mudimu’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Military Science, an Honours Degree in Public Management and Governance, and an Associate Degree in Safety and Security. He also earned a Doctor of Technology in Applied Sciences (honoris causa) from the Durban University of Technology. He has received several local and foreign decorations.
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