A Global Leader in Creating a Safer World
Operating in the defence, security, aerospace and related technology solutions

Commercial mine clearance operations


Training and operational deployment of detection dogs.


Designed, manufactured and tested

Mine-Protected vehicles from MECHEM.


Remote Life Support Services


A Toolbox approach to demining that employs

a diverse range of applications


A proven capacity to provide training in all of

the different disciplines within this field of work.

Welcome to Denel Mechem

Denel MECHEM had its origins as the Applied Chemistry Unit (ACU) of the CSIR (Counsel for Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa) tasked with research and development of mechanical and chemical solutions to defence related problems giving way to the name MECHEM. The cessation of the border war in the 1980s saw MECHEM changing its focus from largely R&D to demining and started commercial demining in 1991. MECHEM is a subsidiary of Denel (Pty) Ltd and wholly owned by South African government.


MECHEM, a global leader in creating a safer world, through providing continuous quality:

  • Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Clearance Solutions
  • Specialised Canine Products and Services
  • Mine Protected Vehicles
  • Ancillary Equipment
  • Related Skills Development

See us AAD Expo!

Denel will be at the AAD Expo from 17 - 22 September 2014. Be sure to visit our stand and see the latest defence technology in Africa.

20 Years of Freedom

Celebrating 20 Years of Innovative Defence Solutions.

50 Years of Service Excellence

Established in the late 1960's, MECHEM continues to provide superior mechanical and chemical technology solutions for defence related problems.

News & Press

21 July 2014

Mechem spreads the love across the continent for Mandela Day

When Mechem committed to contributing to Mandela Day, they made sure that the good deeds stretched across Africa. At the head office in Lyttelton, Pretoria, a doggy walk took place where the...

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1 July 2014

MECHEM hosts GICHD, a first for Africa

On the 18th of June, DLS Inc. Mechem had international visitors who had come for the GICHD (Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining). The group held the first day of the conference...

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26 February 2014

Denel tells parliament of its 'Transition from good to great'

Denels successful financial turnaround and its strong record of delivery on major products and projects in support of South Africas national defence will feature prominently in its presentation to...

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Contact Denel

Contact us directly or feel free to send us an online enquiry.

+27 12 620 9111
368 Selborne Ave, Lyttelton, Centurion, 0140, South Africa
P.O. Box 14864, Lyttelton, 0140, South Africa

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