Announcing Launch of New TLX Searchlight with Dual Day/Night Camera Option

Moorabbin, Aust – Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TLX searchlight with dual sensor TV/Thermal Imaging camera option which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016.

Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyrostabilised camera systems. Applying the innovation and engineering skills for which it has built an enviable reputation, Trakka Systems is proud to announce the option for a dual sensor TV/TI payload colocated with the TLX searchlight. The TLX already offers a 25% brighter beam using less power draw, combined with expanded 6-position multispectral internal filter wheel and improved digital control with Geo-Axis Lock. These improvements are now expanded by a dual sensor payload option which allows for improved situational awareness and recording either by day or night, with the searchlight beam on or off.

“At Trakka Systems, we are 100% committed to on-going innovation and customer satisfaction” says Andrew Phillips, EVP Global Sales. “Yet again Trakka Systems has set the bar higher, with the world’s first searchlight/camera combination. The new dual camera option for the TLX opens up exciting new possible applications for users across our traditional market sectors. It goes about safety and situational awareness, especially for EMS and SAR operations – to help the crews to see, to save and protect.”

About Trakka Systems

Trakka Systems is a privately held Global Aerospace Group, whose primary focus is to design, manufacture, market and distribute innovative high powered DO-160-certified critical vision solutions for airborne, marine and land based operations around the world. Trakka Systems offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, accessories, spare parts and services for civil and military operators, all major rotorcraft OEMs, completion centres, and MR&O facilities. Trakka’s extensive engineering capabilities, AS9100C and FAA-PMA manufacturing facilities, and FAA/EASA 145 repair stations deliver fast time-to-market solutions with superior customer support worldwide. To find out more visit

Trakka buys Swedish gimbal camera maker

Safika partner company Trakka Group is pleased to announce that they have acquired a controlling interest in the Swedish Airborne Gimbal Camera manufacturer, Swesystem.

Trakka Corp has in recent years been established as the leading brand in searchlight technology. Capitalizing on Trakka’s position in the market as well as their management’s vast knowledge of camera systems, the Trakka Group has now expanded its capabilities and product offering with the recent acquisition of Swesystem. This allows the Trakka Group to introduce a world class range of cost-effective, exportable, high-end gyro-stabilized camera systems and has positioned the Trakka Group to provide a broader-based surveillance offering with both active and passive critical vision technology.

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Safika has acquired a significant shareholding in Kemtek Imaging Systems Holdings Limited (Kemtek), the leading supplier of product and solutions to the sub-Saharan printing, bar coding and labelling industries.

Kemtek represents many major international brands including:

  • Hewlett-Packard (HP), – Digital print solutions
  • Komori – Conventional printing presses
  • Scodix – Digital print enhancement
  • Duplo – Coaters, Booklet Makers, Binding Systems, Collators, Cutters, Creasers, Folders
  • Fujifilm – Plates and Film
  • Durst – Ink-Jet presses
  • Epson – Proofing Systems
  • Datalogic, Honeywell, Argox, Cipherlab, Brother and Epson – Barcode Printers and Scanners

Kemtek’s principal customers in the printing industry are newspapers, commercial and packaging printers, retailers, packaging companies and medium-to-large manufacturing companies.

Kemtek’ Bacoding and Labelling are universal in distribution and use in South Africa, from the supermarket to the factory floor, throughout the supply chain and even on ID books and car licences.

The company is also active in the emerging 3D printing sector, forecast to be growth areas for Kemtek.

Noting that digital and 3D markets are growing strongly around the world, Mr. Moss Ngoasheng, Safika’s Chief Executive, said Safika’s involvement would provide additional energy to grow Kemtek’s various South African market segments and would also assist the expansion into the African export markets. . “In the short to medium term the future of growth at Kemtek will be through digital printing, while 3D printing will be more of a feature in the longer term,” he said.

Mr Leon Kruger has recently been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Kemtek.


Safika Holdings would like to advise that it has no association of any nature to the company “Safika BSS” with the business website Safika Holdings would like to confirm that the truck with the name “Safika” and the website address written on it’s side, shown in a photograph posted recently on Facebook, which was allegedly illegally dumping, is not owned or associated in anyway with any subsidiary or company in the Safika Holdings portfolio of companies.

Safika Holdings is of the view that the confusion that has arisen due to the similarity of it’s business name with that of Safika BSS is unfortunate and Safika Holdings is taking the necessary steps to try to prevent any such confusion in the future.

Tshipi donation to uplift local communities in the Northern Cape

Safika’s Tshipi é Ntle manganese mining company consistently works to uplift local communities in the Northern Cape, where the mine is situated.  Tshipi’s most recent contribution of equipment and bursaries was reported by Boipelo.Mere in this article for The Northern Cape Express newspaper.

The Itsoso Waste Management Company, a local company consisting of six members from Cassel Village in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, received an opportunity to make a mark in the competent business space.

Established in 2009, the company got a boost by receiving a waste truck from the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in conjunction with Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining.

The handover was made on Tuesday (26/01) and was part of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Social Labour Plan (SLP) for Local Economic Development.

Itsoso formed part of the municipality’s integrated development plan (IDP) that was proposed and approved by the council of Joe Morolong.

As part of their support to this project, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s handover also included a 10-ton trailer, 12 ton skips, office space with equipment and mentorship and training.

Further commitment to the package included a one-year contract which runs concurrently with six months’ mentorship. It depends on the performance of the company whether their contract will be renewed by the mining company at the end, as the business will be treated the same as any other waste company and has to independently compete on the waste management market.

Mayor Dorcas Moremi and the general manager of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining also awarded bursaries to four students in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality.

One of the bursary beneficiaries, Dilanah Motshabi, who comes from an underprivileged background in Madularanch Village, is looking foward to studying for a Bachelors of Education at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley. Her aim is to specialise in teaching Maths and Science.

Motshabi prides herself on being one of the best performing students in Maths and Science.

Safika is helping to provide books to poor African children throughout the continent by supporting Australian books for Children of Africa (ABCA)

Safika is helping to provide books to poor African children throughout the continent by supporting Australian books for Children of Africa (ABCA) So far, ABCA has distributed over 160 000 books to more than 100 schools and institutions in Africa.  The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was the 100th recipient of ABCA […]

Trakka is going from strength to strength.

Safika partner company, Trakka, is going from strength to strength. It’s searchlights form an essential part of search and rescue missions in this part of the USA. Watch the video. Read more

Italian Air Force is uses TrakkaBeam A800 searchlights supplied by Trakka

The Italian Air Force is now using TrakkaBeam A800 searchlights supplied by Safika partner company Trakka. The A800 is a fully automated multi-mission searchlight system, with an integrated pan and tilt that can be remotely positioned in both elevation and azimuth. Read more

Safika sponsors educational visits by underprivileged schoolchildren to ArtMode.

Vanessa Holiday, convener of Cape Town’s ArtMode exhibition, has thanked Safika for sponsoring educational visits by underprivileged schoolchildren to ArtMode.  “Sheer joy and wonder is the best way to describe the reaction of the children, most of whom had never been exposed to art before,” she said.

Safika sponsored underprivileged children to visit the exhibition and take part in art workshops led by Bloemfontein-born artist and art educator Atang Tshikare. “Two of the learners showed real promise,” said Tshikare. “We have given them some time to make some pictures and they will be displayed at the next ArtMode exhibition.” Read more

Safika sponsors educational art tours for underprivileged kids

Safika is taking art education to underprivileged Cape Town schoolchildren by sponsoring Artmode, an innovative art exhibition in which visitors can see the artists at work.

Safika will take children from poor schools that do not offfer art education, to Artmode, where they will get a guided tour of the exhibition and participate in art workshops facilitated by Bloemfontein-born artist Atang Tshikare.

Tshikare has taught art all over the world and is known internationally for his ability to develop creativity in young people.

“Children in South Africa’s poor areas get little exposure to art because schools very rarely have the resources to teach it,” said Moss Ngoasheng, Safika’s chief executive.  “Yet art enriches the human spirit; children need to be given the opportunity to know about this part of life.”

Ngoasheng said that he would like to see children from underprivileged backgrounds have the opportunity to become artists and art curators and administrators.

“We need a skilled new generation who will understand the vital need South Africa has to preserve its heritage and proudly display its art.  Who knows, perhaps one of the children we help to see an art exhibition for the first time, will one day be a famous artist or head of the national gallery.”

Artmode opens on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 18:00 at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town.