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South Africa, Republic of

Capital: PretoriaArea: 1 . 219 . 912 km2Population: 51 . 771 . 000Official Language: Afrikaans, English (9 more)Armed Forces Personnel: 60 . 000Military hospitals / institutes / schools: 3 / 4 /
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Surgeon General
A. P. Sedibe DMG MMS MMB OStJ
Lieutenant General

Surgeon General of the South African
National Defence Forces
Office of the Surgeon General
Private Bag X161
Centurion 0046
SOUTH AFRICA

Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
The Military Health Vision

The vision to establish a healthy military community will be
our driving force.

The Military Health Mission
The SAMHS will plan and execute these activities according
to the mission formulated as “To support the SANDF by providing
quality health services for the full range of military
deployments and to sustain the health of members of the
armed forces, their families and others eligible for care by
the SAMHS”.

Theme
“A World-Class Clinical Service” 
is the theme within the
SAMHS is operating and delivering service.

Motto
“We serve the brave”(or ‘Audaces Servamus’) confirms our
service delivery responsibility. The SAMHS is a “One Force”
consisting of regulars, reserves and civilian personnel, the
“Core Force” with core growth capabilities to be able to grow
to a “Growth Force” to support major conflict operations.
• The SAMHS provides, prepares and employs military
health forces in joint and independent operations and
support and sustains operations within the concept of
jointness.
• The SAMHS renders support within the human battle
space1 in a layered defence system with a stepped-up
health approach. Defence thus requires Force Health Protection
and Health Sustainment by means of best value
evidence based quality health services to ensure a worldclass
clinical service.