The company’s initial focus was to provide the South African (Metro-Rail) railways with spare parts for it’s existing doors, door-operating mechanisms (‘door gear’) and windows, but within less than a year it became a significant manufacturer of doors and door gear. The company then quickly evolved to become a leading developer of innovative, customised and patented windows, doors and door gear– including the revolutionary ‘hopper’ windows, outside sliding doors and door gear designed to protect innocent passengers from being thrown out of moving trains. This design was used during the pre-election train violence of 1992 to 1994, and is currently being used to combat widespread vandalism and theft.
In 2003 a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) consortium acquired Nustart Holdings (Pty) Ltd which later became Siyahamba Engineering (Pty) Ltd. The client base of Siyahamba Engineering has since then grown beyond the general overhaul contractors to PRASA (the South African public commuter operator) and various other local and international companies including Transnet Engineering, Bombadier Transport, General Electric Transport, Alstom (through Gibela Rail) and China South Rail.
To become the most preferred provider of innovative products and services to the transport industry.
To contribute towards making the transportation industry highly efficient by providing quality products and services.
Supportive relationships built on trust, honesty and integrity.
Customer centred quality products and services.
Self‐ discipline and commitment.
Self‐respect and respect for others.
In 2003, the company was awarded the ISO 9001:2000, and thus
became the first black owned company in the rolling stock industry to receive such accreditation.