About Us

Trysome Auto-Electrical Engineering (Pty) Ltd, is the largest, single-source supplier of heavy-duty, auto-electrical components, collision avoidance systems and associated technical services in Southern Africa.

Established in 1991 by Edwin William Smith, Trysome is well represented country-wide with its head office in Jet Park, Boksburg, Gauteng and branches in KwaZulu Natal (2), Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape. Across the border, Trysome operates branches in Botswana (Jwaneng & Letlhakane), Mozambique and Zambia and has recently appointed two Authorised Distributors in Namibia.

Trysome is focused on sourcing OEM and specialised auto-electrical, replacements components and collision avoidance systems for operators of heavy-duty automotive, earth-moving, construction, agricultural, transport and mining machinery.

In addition to sourcing, Trysome is committed to the development and innovation of auto-electrical and safety products. The Company's state-of-the-art technology, in collision avoidance and safety systems, has already been adopted by, and is operational in, many of Southern Africa's mines.

As a Key Supplier to major heavy-duty, original manufacturers, Trysome is backed by a technical support system with experienced personnel on hand to assist with the correct and appropriate selection of auto-electrical components.

At Trysome, our products are often the solution for the industry segments that we serve.

Company Directors

Eddie Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Eddie Smith, Managing Director

Eddie Smith’s formative work experience included a stint at Komatsu as an auto electrician, and it was during this time that he saw a niche in the market for quality product at reasonable prices. “The mining and construction environment is harsh and rugged, and the industry simply cannot afford sub-par quality, and even more it needs sound warranty back-up and technical support.” This is what Eddie Smith focused on, working from a small workshop and visiting sites with a 4x4 bakkie, as a one-man show, working 24/7. Trysome has fulfilled a dream, even though Eddie is quick to point out that it still has a long way to go.

The awesome aspect of Trysome’s growth is that it has been self funded, with no financial assistance, and the success has been built on people, which Eddie describes as Trysome’s biggest asset. Add to this excellent customer and supplier relationships, an ethical and honest approach, the continual search for new product, and the principle of never resting on one’s laurels, and the end result is the awesome Trysome of today, with the ultimate dream of becoming a one-stop, single-source, auto-electrical supplier to the mining, construction, material handling, transport and light-duty automotive industries.

Kuseni Dlamini, Non-Executive Director

Kuseni Dlamini, KDI Mining Industries, Non-Executive Director

Kuseni is a renowned South African businessman with a very impressive CV. Kuseni is a graduate of both the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban (BA (Honours) Degree) and Oxford University (Masters - Philosophy) where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Currently (2000 - present) Kuseni is an independent Non-Excecutive Director of New Bond Capital Ltd which operates in the Accounting, Banking and Finance Sector.

Kuseni was the Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual’s Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American’s South Africa operations, held the position of Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT), and a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

In March 2008, Kuseni was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and during the same month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining.

In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch. In the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity”.

In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed Kuseni a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. Kuseni is currently active in professional bodies which include the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Advisory Board of Wits Business School.

Welile Dlamini, Non-Executive Director

Welile Dlamini, Non-Executive Director

Welile Dlamini is an astute businesswoman who holds a B-Tech Degree in Electrical engineering from Tshwane University of Technology as well as a PDBA (Post Grad. Diploma in Business Administration) from GIBS, Pretoria University. She is also an accredited professional Technologist by ECSA and holds a senior membership with SAIEE.

Welile is the founder and Director of Zwelamanzi Trading, an electrical engineering entity which specialises in Smart Metering.

Welile has a significant 15-years' experience in power delivery in the energy sector where she specialises in the Metering discipline. Her extensive knowledge within the Electricity Industry includes: Engineering Management, Financial Management, Leadership, Project Management and Customer Services. She was also the Convenor of Eskom metering and Measurement Data Management Forum from 2015 - 2017 and President of Rivonia Toastmasters Club in 2015.

Welile's expertise extends to strategy formulation, team formation, contract management, CRM and stakeholder management. During her tenure with Eskom, Welile received the following awards:

  • Eskom Manager's Award in Excellency for the Independent Power Producers Projects - 2015
  • Eskom Manager's Award in innovation - 2010
  • System Operator GM's Recognition fro Development of Eskom Data Management Warehouse Database - 2007
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Key Supplier

As a Key Supplier to major heavy-duty, original manufacturers, Trysome is backed by a technical support system with experienced personnel on hand to assist with the correct and appropriate selection of auto-electrical components.

At Trysome, our products are often the solution for the industry segments that we serve.

If an ‘off-the-shelf’ product isn’t perfect for our customer then we either refine it or engineer a new, customised product.

Examples of products that we have refined or engineered:
- Battery Power Packs
- Power Distributions Units (PDU)
- Aluminium and Steel-housing Mine Spec. Light Bars
- Lock-out Boxes
- Test Stations for Collision Avoidance Technology
- Audible Park Brake Alarms
- Lighting Plant
- Battery Charging Bays
- Isolation Units
- Remote Controls

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Health & Safety Environment

Our Goal : "No one gets hurt!"

Trysome Management is committed to the health and safety of its employees and for all who are involved in our projects. Protection of employees from injury or occupational disease is a major continuing objective. We are committed to continuing improvement toward an accident-free workplace through effective administration, education and training.

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Staff Assets

Trysome is driven by people and passion, ensuring a commitment to service, offering solutions and services beyond the norm. The pivot for all activities hinges around the directors, supported by a dedicated, hand-picked management team, providing a blend of youth and experience, enthusiasm and pragmatism.