An explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Factory in Somerset West claimed the lives of eight workers. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - Rheinmetall Denel Munition on Monday said it would resume testing ammunition at its Somerset West site  for the first time since eight workers were killed in an explosion on September 3.

“The community may hear some noise resulting from the munition testing which will be carried out on our dedicated testing site and I want them to know that these sounds are normal and that they should not be alarmed,” CEO Norbert Schulze said.

According to Schulze, Rheinmetall Denel Munition felt it was important to inform the public that it will start testing munitions again in an effort to be sensitive to the heightened fears of the still traumatised community .

“We are all still mourning a great loss to our community and need to support each other during this time, so as a company we are making extra efforts to be inclusive with the community about what’s going on at our site,” said Schulze.

Schulze said the company would continue to give daily updates on the progress of the investigation into last week's tragedy, but that the names of the deceased would only be released once the identification process had been concluded, and only after consultation with the grieving families.