Turnstar Systems was established in 1990 by professional engineer, Sidney Sacks, and immediately found that there was a demand for reliable, durable and secure turnstiles in both the South African and worldwide markets.
The first project completed was 28 full height turnstiles for the old Soccer City Stadium in Soweto. Following which, orders continuously arrived for applications such as mines, factories, warehouses, office parks, health clubs and residential estates. Turnstar has always relied on word-of-mouth referrals and we strive to ensure that every project is completed on time, within budget and with zero failure.
Various product ranges have been added to the initial turnstile range, including: all types of vehicle barriers, spike barriers, rising bollards and kerbs, revolving doors and man-trap cubicles. Turnstar also has substantial expertise in manufacturing anti-terror products to client specifications.
State of the art machinery has been continuously added to the company’s production. Production includes a CNC lathe, CNC milling machine, robotic welder, mandrel tube bender, pyramid roller, hydraulic press brake and various other machines, all used to manufacture products of the highest quality.
Turnstar has been trusted to control access to some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.
In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA Football World Cup and Turnstar opened the door. Turnstar manufactured and installed over 960 turnstiles for 8 major stadiums and 15 training stadiums. This was the single biggest turnstile project ever awarded in South Africa. A reliable and durable access control system was required for the event and organisers trusted Turnstar. Stampedes are a life & death issue at major events and Turnstar offered a high speed, secure solution. Soccer City, which was the venue for the opening & closing matches was fitted with 177 TRIUMPH 4 full height turnstiles. Green Point (Cape Town) Stadium was fitted with 88 TRIDENT waist height turnstiles. Over 3 million ticketed spectators entered the various World Cup stadiums through Turnstar turnstiles.
In 2008, Turnstar was trusted by the Ghanaian government to control access to the four flagship stadiums used for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. 132 TRIUMPH full height turnstiles were manufactured, shipped and installed within a period of 4 months. The turnstiles continue to be in use today and provide a lasting legacy for the Ghanaians of each host city.
In 2003, Turnstar manufactured all 142 TRIDENT waist height turnstiles which were installed at 9 stadiums around South Africa for the ICC Cricket World Cup. With a zero-failure rate, over 700 000 ticketed spectators entered through Turnstar turnstiles during the course of the event.