Secretary for Defence/Director-General
Mr J.B. Masilela
Mr Masilela was
born in Mpumalanga, South Africa where he grew up and did
his secondary school education until he left the country for
exile. While in exile he trained in Lybia, Soviet Union,
Germany Democratic Republic and Cuba. He was a Commissar
(Deputy Commander) in the Umkhonto WeSizwe Head Quarters in
Angola and Chairman of Regional Political Military Council
in Botswana. On returning from exile he held the following
senior positions: 1994-1997, Member of the Executive Council
(MEC) Local Government; 1997-1999, Member of the Executive
Council (MEC) Department of Agriculture and 1999 Member of
the Executive Council (MEC) Department of Agriculture,
Conservation & Environment until he was appointed as the
Secretary for Defence/Director-General.
He received his
Diploma in Social Sciences from Moscow Institute of Social
Sciences and did the Senior Management Programme at the
University of Pretoria. He has successfully done a number
of military school courses among them Basic Infantry Course,
Senior Instructor’s course, Commanders Course and Military
and Combat work.
In 1981 he was
part of the African National Congress Military Mission to
German Democratic Republic. He accompanied the late O.R.
Tambo to Algeria in 1985 as the Chief Military Advisor. In
1986 he was a member of the Military Advisory Team of the
Military Delegation that was led by J. Slovo to USSR.
In 1995 and
1996 he was a member of the government delegation that
visited Taiwan and Canada on a Trade and Investment Mission
respectively. He was the leader of the delegation that
visited Bulgaria and Portugal on a Trade and Investment
Mission in 1997. In 1998 he visited the People’s Republic
of China on Trade and Investment Mission.
As the Head of
Department for Defence he has played an instrumental role in
the signing of International Agreements in and outside the
boarders of the Republic of South Africa.
Mr Masilela is
married and he has six children.