JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's state-owned aerospace and military technology company Denel said on Thursday it was actively pursuing a winnable order pipeline of R30 billion in the next two years which would contribute to its financial turnaround and long-term sustainability.
The government last month was forced to give the cash-strapped arms maker -- which has struggled to pay workers salaries -- a R1.8 billion recapitalisation bailout in a move criticised by opposition parties.
On Thursday Denel said CEO Danie du Toit had told parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises the previous day that the company had a solid order backlog of R18 billion covered roughly four years of sales revenue.
"This includes an imminent export contract – the largest in Denel’s history. This contract, which includes an advance payment of R1.5 billion, has the potential to grow Denel’s order stock by 32 percent," it said.
Du Toit said Denel had made major progress in the implementation of a turnaround strategy in the past six months, with improvements in governance, after it was caught up in revelations of state capture that have engulfed state-owned entities.