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Load shedding has become a harsh reality for companies and households in South Africa. The intermittent power outages have a significant impact on the economy, disrupting production schedules and causing financial losses. In such a challenging environment, many local companies are looking for alternative ways to maintain productivity and efficiency. 

While automated machinery and filling equipment are an essential part of modern manufacturing, the importance of manual bulk equipment becomes evident during load shedding. Automated systems are extremely efficient and accurate, making them a vital investment for businesses. However, when there is no power, manual systems become the lifeblood of a company.

Custom Bulk Bags is a leading manufacturer and supplier of bulk bags in South Africa. We produce up to 3.5 million bulk bags per year – all of which have a minimum safety factor rating of 5:1. Our products can safely hold between 500kg and two tonnes of material per bag, depending on your specifications. We understand the importance of manual equipment as a reliable backup when electricity is scarce.

Two white bulk bags sitting on an automated filling machine

Why manual equipment is a necessary alternative

Automated machinery and filling equipment are used by most factories and processing facilities, helping companies streamline production processes and reduce labour costs. However, the cost of owning and maintaining these automated systems can be prohibitively expensive for many smaller companies, especially when diesel generators or expensive solar power systems are needed to run them during load shedding. 

Power cuts only exacerbate this issue, as it becomes more expensive and challenging to ensure a consistent power supply for running these machines. In such challenging times, having manual filling and discharging equipment becomes crucial. 

Bulk bags are a popular packaging solution for transporting and storing large quantities of materials. They rely on filling and discharge equipment to be handled safely and operate at maximum efficiency. During load shedding, when automated systems cannot function, manual equipment provides a reliable backup for companies to continue their operations.

Manual equipment, such as filling chutes and manual dischargers, allows companies to handle bulk bags without electricity. They offer a cost-effective solution to ensure uninterrupted production during power outages. By having manual options available, South African companies can maintain productivity levels and avoid costly delays caused by load shedding.

Bulk bags filled with gravel and stone

What manual equipment should you consider?

Manual filling chutes are designed for easy bag filling and provide a safe and efficient way to fill bulk bags with various materials. Likewise, manual dischargers ensure easy and controlled discharge of materials from bulk bags. These solutions are user-friendly, durable and designed to optimise handling efficiency.

Other equipment to consider includes drum or box tippers and bag dump stations that use gravity to their advantage. When there is no power, these gravity-based filling and discharging tools may be more labour-intensive but the benefits of ensuring continuous operations outweigh the costs of hiring extra staff.

White bulk bags filled with sand

Choose a reputable bulk bag supplier

Custom Bulk Bags takes a customer-centric approach to packaging supply. We aim to offer the best customer experience and advice. Our knowledgeable team understands the unique challenges faced by South African businesses due to load shedding and can provide valuable guidance on selecting the right manual bulk equipment to meet specific requirements. 

Custom Bulk Bags is committed to helping businesses overcome the obstacles presented by load shedding and ensuring that our customers can continue to operate efficiently, even during power outages. While automated machinery and filling equipment are valuable assets in today’s manufacturing landscape, the importance of manual bulk equipment cannot be overlooked, especially in South Africa. 

Having a reliable and reputable packaging supplier on hand helps to alleviate the stress of bulk packaging, storage and transport. We offer a range of high-quality bulk bags that can be tailored to your needs. For more information about our bulk bags or to get advice on the ideal design specifications, please contact us today.


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for our latest news and industry insights.