|File:Lt Genl Gilbert Romano.jpg|
|Born||7 July 1939(age 83)|
|Place of birth||Sophiatown, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa|
|Service/branch||South African Army|
Chief of the Army|
Deputy Chief of the Army
GOC Northern Cape Command
Order of the Star of South Africa|
Southern Cross Decoration
Southern Cross Medal
Military Merit Medal
He completed his schooling at Madibane High School and worked as a senior clerk at the WNLA mines depot in Johannesburg during 1961/62.
He left South Africa in 1962 to join the armed wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK). He attended a number of military courses in Tanzania, Egypt (special operations) and the Soviet Union, including a Soviet Army Staff Course in 1971. He returned to South Africa in 1992 and attended the Zimbabwe Army Staff Course in 1994.
In 1995, he attended the SANDF Joint Staff Course, and was appointed General Officer Commanding Northern Cape Command in July of that year.
In May 1997, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Army, and on 1 July 1998 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and appointed Chief of the Army.
Honours and awards
- Schobesberger, H (May 2003). "From freedom fighter to Chief of the Army". pp. 12.
|Chief of the South African Army
1998 – 2004
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