Joint Operations Division

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Joint Operations Division
SANDF Joint Operations emblem
Country  South Africa
Allegiance South African National Defence Force emblem
Branch SANDF Joint Operations Flag
Anniversaries 1 August 1997
Chief of Joint Operations Lt. Gen Derrick Mgwebi

The Joint Operations Division is a component of the South African National Defence Force tasked with conducting Joint Operations involving the various arms of the SANDF.


The Joint Operations Division was established on 1 August 1997 during a major reorganisation of the armed forces.[1]

Before the re-organisation each arm of Service had an operations staff responsible for deploying its units as directed by the Service chief and the Chief of the SANDF. The Chief of the SANDF had an operations staff, playing a co-ordinating role.

Following the re-organisation each arm of service had to provide properly trained and equipped forces to Joint Operations. Joint Operations would then deploy these forces as necessary and revert to their parent service following the mission. The exception is the Special Forces Brigade, which is directly under the command of the Chief of the SANDF[2] and is permanently allocated to Joint Operations.

There are nine joint operational-tactical headquarters (HQ) under the SANDF Chief of Joint Operations, under which many Army units operate. For example, Regional Joint Task Force North (RJTFN) is situated in Pietersburg, commanded by a major-general.[3] The RJTFN HQ is responsible for the operational deployment of the Group headquarters or tactical headquarters under its command. RJTFN is subdivided into areas, each under the operational control of a group headquarters. For example, the Group headquarters at Messina is called the Soutpansberg Military Area. The other areas are Group 33, Nelspruit; Group 12, Ermelo; and Group 14, Pietersburg.

Headquarters Regional Joint Task Force West is located at Cape Town, while HQ Regional Joint Task Force East is at Durban.


  1. "Fact file: The Joint Operations Division". Retrieved 8 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "About us". DOD. Retrieved October 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Etienne Hennop, SANDF Control of the Northern and Eastern Border Areas of South Africa, ISS Occasional Paper No. 52, August 2001, 2.