19th February 2016 By: Zandile Mavuso - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Features


Established in April 1992, State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel continues to provide turnkey defence equipment solutions for its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting aerospace and defence technology.

Given its vast capabilities in manufacturing and maintaining defence products and solutions, the company supplies South Africa’s defence and security environment with strategic technology capability, products, services and support. The company also leverages indigenous capability to access selected export markets.

Moreover, Denel has associated businesses and equity partnerships with major international companies in the airmotive, aerostructures, electro-optics and munitions fields.

Being a State-owned company, Denel also contributes to government’s socioeconomic imperatives such as job creation, skills development and social investments. Also, the company manufactures locally, which enhances government’s mission to develop products locally and have the ability to export them.

Denel is managed as one integrated business, as it has an executive management team that is responsible for its daily operations. The teams report to an independent board of directors that is appointed by government through the Minister of Public Enterprises.

Its operating divisions are located in six campuses across the country, three of which are in Tshwane, one in the Western Cape and two on the East Rand.

In Tshwane, Denel has campuses in Irene, Lyttelton and Pretoria West. The Irene campus houses its corporate office, Integrated Systems and Maritime division, and its Dynamics division. The Lyttelton company houses its Land Systems division and Mechem division, while its Pretoria West campus houses its Metal Pressings division.

On the East Rand, the company has campuses in Benoni and Kempton Park. The Benoni campus houses its Vehicle Systems division, while the Kempton Park campus houses its Aviation division – which includes its Technical Academy – and its Aerostructures division.

In the Western Cape, the company has only one campus, which is home to its Overberg test range, where the company conducts multiple tests of its products.