Cause of blast at Rheinmetall Denel Munition factory unclear

Eight people died on Monday after the Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) factory in Somerset West went up in flames.

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt says that residents in nearby communities explained that the blast was so intense that it was felt a few kilometres away.

Brandt spoke to the wife of Nico Samuels who worked at the factory for almost 21 years. Nico is one of the eight that died during the blast.

She explains that she last saw her husband when he was leaving for work on Monday morning telling her what to prepare for supper. He leaves behind four children.

There's very strict security at the facility. A lot of emergency vehicles still moving in and out.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

We have been given an indication that the investigation will continue today.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

It's still not clear as to what caused the blast. Brandt says that the police said that the incident happened at around 04:15 pm.

All the workers that were in the facility have all been accounted for including the eight that lost their lives.

To hear the rest of the report by Kevin Brandt, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Study proves girls are not less confident than boys

Study proves girls are not less confident than boys

Study involving 10 000 students found no significant differences in self-confidence between girls and boys in single-sex schools.

False Bay College on a mission to breed next generation of business pioneers

False Bay College on a mission to breed next generation of business pioneers

The college is becoming an incubator for the next generation of entrepreneurs through coaching and mentoring young people.

[UPDATE] Death toll in Macassar Denel plant explosion rises to 8

[UPDATE] Death toll in Macassar Denel plant explosion rises to 8

All missing workers have been accounted for. The cause of the blaze is undetermined.

Denel board accepts CEO's resignation

Denel board accepts CEO's resignation

Zwelakhe Ntshepe has quit the arms manufacturer after 20 years.

'North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo will resist until the bitter end'

'North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo will resist until the bitter end'

Political analyst Prof Andre Duvenage says with mounting pressure for Mahumapelo to resign, the pattern will play out like Zuma.

Passengers forced to evacuate OR Tambo over unattended luggage

Passengers forced to evacuate OR Tambo over unattended luggage

O. R. Tambo International Airport was evacuated on Monday due to an unattended bag found by officials.

Popular articles
South Africans are getting poorer and poorer

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer

It's not your imagination; we’ve lost a decade. Bruce Whitfield interviews Johann van Tonder, a researcher at Momentum.

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

The health programme piloted a new tag system at the exit points in a bid to crack down on fake gym visits at a few fitness clubs.

Beware of fake vets putting Cape Town pets at risk

Beware of fake vets putting Cape Town pets at risk

A local animal clinic says many pets have sadly been euthanised after they were treated by fake veterinarians.

[WATCH] This simple hack shows how you can easily shell a boiled egg

[WATCH] This simple hack shows how you can easily shell a boiled egg

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Woman arrives in CT after driving from Scotland to SA in her old Morris Minor

Woman arrives in CT after driving from Scotland to SA in her old Morris Minor

The journey began in Aberdeen, her father's birthplace, in June last year and ended in Mother City over the weekend.

[LISTEN] Discovery Health defends decision to shift certain ops to day hospitals

[LISTEN] Discovery Health defends decision to shift certain ops to day hospitals

Kieno Kammies speaks to Dr Ryan Noach Deputy Chief Executive at Discovery Health and Dr K who says his patients are suffering.