During the first phase of Operation Savannah there had been only two medical officers, a pharmacist and four medical orderlies with the battle groups in Angola. On 10 November 1975 the Surgeon-General appointed a senior surgeon, Colonel D.A. Dippenaar, so that casualties could already be operated on at Rundu after which they could be evacuated to 1 Military Hospital at Voortrekkerhoogte for rehabilitation and recuperation.
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