[UPDATE] Death toll in Macassar Denel plant explosion rises to 8
CAPE TOWN – The number of fatalities following an explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munitions in Macassar outside Somerset West has risen to eight.
It’s believed the explosion at the arms manufacturer occurred just before four o’clock this afternoon.
All missing workers have been accounted for.
Fifteen firefighters and three fire trucks are on scene.
The cause of the blaze is undetermined.
Earlier the city's Theo Layne said: “When we arrived there it was ascertained that an explosion had occurred and staff at the factory was in the process of extinguishing the subsequent fire. Our firefighters are currently carrying out search and rescue operations for a further six persons that are unaccounted for.”
An eyewitness explained what he saw: “Five kilometres away from there I noticed a huge fireball towards Somchem just like a shockwave which was a huge bang ...”
(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)
This article first appeared on EWN : [UPDATE] Death toll in Macassar Denel plant explosion rises to 8
This comes after law enforcement officers this week demolished four structures because they were illegally erected on city-owned land in the area.Read More
Earlier this week, the Basic Education Department revised its decision allow almost six million pupils back to class from Monday, saying only some grades will be permitted on school grounds.Read More
Two more employees have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections at the entity to three.Read More
The icon passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday.Read More
Saturday marked the 100th day of lockdown for South Africa, which has imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home measures in the world since March 27 in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.Read More
Details surrounding Twala’s death are still unclear, but news of her passing was revealed by her son, Somizi Mhlongo, on Saturday.Read More
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that there were 108 new coronavirus-related deaths.Read More
The move reverses what was known as an upward referral policy introduced during the tenure of former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.Read More
Nickolaus Bauer speaks to Independent Counselling and Advisory Services (ICAS) Southern Africa MD Andrew Davies.Read More
Labour and Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi said that the UIF had been able to identify 75 cases of suspicious transactions.Read More