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DenelCape Argus reports that management at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) factory in Macassar has made ex gratia payments to the victim of families who lost their lives in an explosion at the facility.  

The factory’s leadership had initially contributed funds towards the expenses involved in hosting relatives as part of the mourning process.  The families were also invited to attend a lunch hosted by RDM on Wednesday.  RDM chief executive Norbert Schulze said this formed part of a series of engagements with the families, RDM staff and the greater community as part of the healing process.  Eight workers died last Monday after the propellant blending room they were working in disintegrated in the explosion.  The cause of the blast is still being investigated by the police, the Labour Department and an independent investigator.  RDM is providing ongoing trauma counselling to all staff members.  “The main focus remains on taking care of the families, but there is also further community engagement planned,” Schulze indicated.  The company had hoped that the results of the police’s forensic investigations would be ready by Tuesday, but that was now expected by the end of this week.  Schulze indicated that the company would continue to provide regular updates, but could only release the names of the deceased once the identification process had been concluded and only after consultation with the families affected.

  • Read this report by Jason Felix in full at Cape Argus

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