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Refiloe Johannes Mudimu
Born (1954-03-06)6 March 1954
Place of birth Sophiatown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Years of service 1998-2012
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of the South African Navy
Chief Director Maritime Support
Chief of Fleet Staff
Awards Conspicuous Leadership Star
Decoration for Merit in Gold (DMG)
Southern Cross Medal SM
Merit Medal in Silver
Military Merit Medal MMM
Merit Medal in Bronze

Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu CLS DMG SM MMM, South African Navy is a South African military commander.

Early life[]

Johannes Mudimu was born on 6 March 1954,[1] in Sophiatown. He became a member of the African National Congress and Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) in 1975.

Early career[]

He received his military training in Angola, East Germany and the then USSR. He successfully completed the commander’s course in 1977.[2] He then served as an instructor in MK camps until 1979 when he was deployed as Chief of Logistics in Luanda, Angola.[3]

He later served in ANC Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia as the co-ordinator of the ANC Youth Radio Programs as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Youth Publications. Early in 1985, he was deployed in Harare, Zimbabwe as the ordnance operative.[3]

Later, he was deployed as a commander of the underground units in the Transvaal and Northern Transvaal Provinces. He returned to South Africa in 1991 after the unbanning of the ANC.[4] In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Personnel and Training and served in the MK High Command until the integration of the forces to form the South African National Defence Force in 1994.[3]

After the integration of the forces, he was appointed to General Siphiwe Nyanda’s office as MK Chief of Staff Personnel and Training. Later he was appointed Director, Integration of the Non Statutory Forces (NSF’s).

Navy career[]

He was transferred from MK to the South African Navy in 1998 as a Rear Admiral (Junior Grade). Later, he was appointed as the Inspector General (Navy). That same year, he successfully completed the Navy Senior Command and Staff Course as well as the Senior Management Programme at the University of Stellenbosch.[3]

On 1 April 1999, he was transferred to Simon’s Town where he was appointed Chief of Fleet Staff until 30 September 2000. On 1 October 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and appointed as Chief Director Maritime Support,[5] a post later changed to Chief of Naval Staff. He has successfully completed all military courses prescribed for senior officers since 1994. Vice Admiral Mudimu successfully completed the Joint Staff Course.

In 2005, he was appointed Chief of the South African Navy and promoted to Vice Admiral.[6][7]

US Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus visits with the Chief of the South African Navy Vice Adm. Johannes Mudimu

Awards and Decorations[]

On 19 April 2012, Johannes Mudimu received an Honorary Doctorate from Durban University of Technology.[8]

His list of Military awards include:

See also[]


Military offices
Preceded by
Johan Retief
Chief of the South African Navy

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