Rheinmetall Denel munitions makes explosives and ammunition for the military and civilians, the factory is located about 30kms outside of Cape Town.
Local residents reported that nearby houses shook from the blast, which sent a plume of white smoke into the air above the Rheinmetall-Denel plant in Somerset West when it erupted at 3:45 pm (1345 GMT).
According to a spokesperson for Cape Town's fire and emergency services, first responders originally announced the death of four people.
The company became known as Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM).
The company said in a statement that an explosion occurred at one of its buildings but gave no details on fatalities or injuries. "Now 15 firefighters with 3 fire engines are at the incident‚" said Lane earlier in the afternoon.
At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot near Cape Town, South Africa.
Rheinmetall Denel Munition is a munitions manufacturer jointly owned by Germany's Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, a subsidiary of the larger Rheinmetall weapons manufacturer, and South Africa's state-owned arms maker Denel.
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