Gilbert Ramano

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Gilbert Ramano
Lt Genl Gilbert Romano.jpg
Born (1939-07-07) 7 July 1939 (age 79)
Sophiatown, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held
Other work RSA Mediator to Sudan

Lieutenant General Gilbert Lebeko Ramano SSAS SD MMS MMM MMB (born 7 July 1939 in Sophiatown)[1] is a South African military commander.[2]


He completed his schooling at Madibane High School and worked as a senior clerk at the WNLA mines depot in Johannesburg during 1961/62.[3]

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.[4]

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[edit]

In 1999 Lt General Ramano was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa[5] His awards include:[3]:Photo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Interviews". SADET - South African Democracy Education Trust.
  2. ^ "SADF Info - List of Chiefs (Post 1994)". SADF Info.
  3. ^ a b Schobesberger, H. Col (May 2003). "From freedom fighter to Chief of the Army" (PDF). SA Soldier. 10 (5): 12.
  4. ^ "Unknown".[dead link]
  5. ^ "National Orders Recipients 1999". SA History Online.
Military offices
Preceded by
Reginald Otto
Chief of the South African Army
1998 – 2004
Succeeded by
Solly Shoke
Preceded by
Deputy Chief of the South African Army
1997  – 1998
Succeeded by
Roland de Vries
Preceded by
Vos Benade
GOC Northern Cape Command
1995 – 1997
Succeeded by
Aaron Ntshinga