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Update: Explosion at Rheinmetall plant Somerset WestYou are here: Media Centre / News & Press
4 September 2018

Somerset West, Western Cape – Rheinmetall Denel Munitions plant situated in Somerset West experienced an explosion at its propellant operations building, on Monday, 3 September 2018. During operations an explosion occurred and destroyed the entire building and the immediate surrounding blast walls. There have been fatalities and the effected area has been cordon off due to it still being unsafe. Therefore we are unable to confirm any further details pertaining to the fatalities, at this point in time.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition has also assured the City of Cape Town that the plume that followed the explosion holds no threat to the general public. All necessary precautions are being taken and the investigation will carry on at first light tomorrow.


As soon as Denel SOC Ltd has the information, we will share it with our stakeholders and the public at large. RDM (www.rheinmetall-defence.com) is operated completely separately from Denel SOC Ltd. Please note the details of the contact person below

Issued by: Rheinmetall Denel Munition RF (Pty) Ltd

Contact : Norbert Schulze

Tel no : 021 850 2001


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