SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY
SENIOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER (SCWO)
NCEDAKELE ELLIOT MTSHATSHENI
Sergeant Major of the South
Senior Chief Warrant Officer
SCWO Ncedakele Elliot Eric Mtshatsheni was born
in (Stutterheim) in the Eastern Cape on the 15
March 1968 and grew up in King Williams Town at
Ndevana location, he spent most of his teenage
years in Cape Town, Khayelitsha.
He joined the military as a member of Umkhonto
Wesizwe 27 years ago in Tanzania in the town of
Iringa at the Far East Base.
He undergone a basic course in
conventional/regular force conducted by the
Tanzanian Peoples Defence Force (TPDF) at
Mgagao’s Dr Yusuf Dadoo military training camp.
He joined the unit of 60 at the time and
undergone Junior Leadership Course for Non
Commissioned Officers conducted by TPDF as a
Corporal and on completion of the course was
promoted to the rank of a Sergeant.
During his service at MK he was deployed in
various positions as a Section Commander,
Platoon Commander, Coy CSM and Course CSM for
Junior Leaders Course until his return to South
Africa in May 1994.
In 1994 he integrated in the SANDF as a
in July 1994 he undergone an assistant
instructor’s course in Oudtshoorn at the SA Army
In August the same year, he joined the first
Bridging Training conducted by Infantry School
under Junior Training Wing.
In January 1995 he undergone the Infantry Corps
Training in Oudtshoorn at the SA Army Infantry
School and thereafter deployed in 6 SAI Bn in
From 1995 until 1999 he worked in various
positions as a Platoon Sgt in Support Company.
(Mortar Platoon, Machine Gun Platoon, Assault
Pioneer Platoon), Company Quarter Master
Sergeant, Acting Company Sergeant Major in Alpha
In 1999 he was transferred to Oudtshoorn at the
SA Army Infantry School as a Wing Quartermaster
Sergeant in Department Training and Planning
In August 2002, he was promoted to the rank of a
WO2 and worked as an Instructor/facilitator at
CQMS and CSM courses at Infantry School in
Advanced Training Wing and was also a course
leader in the CSM course for several times
including the Army Conventional Reserve (ACR)
2005 he was transferred to SA Army Gymnasium in
Heidelberg at the WO Branch as a facilitator at
the WO Development Course.
In 2007 the WO Branch was moved to
Pretoria at the SA Army College, he had an
opportunity to be a course leader at the WO
Development Course at the SA Army College.
In May 2008 he was transferred to 46 SA Brigade
in Johannesburg, Kensington as a RSM Main HQ
unit and participated in all the exercises the
Brigade has participated during that period,
Exercise Seboka, Exercise Young Eagle, Course
Support and Exercise Ndlovu.
In September 2013 he was appointed as the
Formation Sergeant Major of the SA Army Infantry
In May 2016 he was appointed as the SA Army
Discipline Sergeant Major at the SA Army HQ,
Dequar Road, Pretoria.
Since 05 September 2016 he has been the Acting
Sergeant Major of the SA Army.
successfully completed all the military courses
required, including Advanced Military Law at the
School of Military Justice.
TOT Public Service Induction, (SA Airforce Base
He attended and successfully completed the
United States Army Sergeants Major Course (Class
59), in USASMA, Fort Bliss,
The Sergeant Major is a proud Infanteer.
He is married to Zoliswa and they are blessed
with three boys, Khanya, Lukhanyo and Mihle.