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Who is Standby Systems

Standby Systems is a specialist UPS distributor for world renowned AROS RIELLO UPS systems and ELITE VRLA batteries, servicing thousands of UPS products in Sub Saharan Africa since 2003.

Whether the UPS user is looking for a cheap 400 VA UPS solution for home or a massive data centre UPS or factory UPS system, Standby Systems has the perfect UPS backup power protection solution at competitive pricing.

We have the right UPS for ANY application from home and small office, medium to large business, whether commercial, Data centre and IT, medical, transportation, mining, telecommunications, and industrial factory automation systems, to name just a few.

The Riello MPS UPS range, in particular, is a proven and hardy UPS solution that is highly effective and resistant to harsh environments and demanding loads, such as medical imaging scanners, laser cutting machines and the like, making it ideal as a UPS choice for the protection of sensitive critical loads and backup power in the African environment.

Standby Systems stocks all sizes and types of UPS units from the small 400 VA UPS up to a single block of 250 kVA/kW with the bigger blocks in 300, 400, 500, 600 and 800 kVA/kW UPS systems, being despatched from Milan Italy, UPS manufacturing facility of RIELLO ELECTRONICA SRL.

Thus Standby Systems offers the UPS user a wide choice in UPS and backup power product technologies of both transformerless UPS and transformer based UPS systems, for every emergency backup power requirement, Engineered to suit every kind of UPS or battery backup application.

Offering the highest UPS efficiency in the market, combined with flagship products such as the MHE, high power density, UPS range, Standby Systems offers its clients, lowest UPS and battery backup total cost of ownership, while guaranteeing maximum UPS and battery reliability, of the UPS backup plant.

Standby Systems supports many corporate UPS users across their entire footprint throughout South and Sub Saharan Africa with active UPS sites as far reaching as Ghana. From the North to the South we can offer any corporate the UPS support and backup they need 24/7, 365

Our large staff complement of UPS specialist Engineers, UPS technicians and UPS project management personnel give Standby Systems the ability to service any size UPS and battery backup project from design through to commissioning.

The biggest UPS and battery backup project undertaken since the inception of Standby Systems which exceeds 0,5 billion ZAR, gives our UPS users and customers the peace of mind that we are a financially strong and stable UPS company, with all the necessary UPS skills to design, deliver, install, commission and maintain any UPS and battery backup project of any size.

Besides UPS systems, Standby Systems supplies, services and supports a wide range of other emergency power backup solutions, including complex DC Systems, UPS and standby batteries such as deep cycle and VRLA sealed batteries, battery chargers, STS and Automatic Voltage regulators, with the spares holding for each and every product available locally and instantly for our contracted clients.

With over 200 years of combined UPS and backup power experience to rely on, and drawing from our vast in-house expertise and solid engineering base in the UPS industry, we are able to offer a complete solution which includes not only the UPS plant, but the power supply and distribution components too.

Our UPS Roots

Standby Systems was founded by its current Managing Director Mr Greg Bennett, who has a National Higher Diploma in electrical engineering and he has been in the UPS industry since 1989, when he joined Siemens UPS

In 2003 he started Standby Systems and in conjunction with the distributorship of the then AROS UPS systems, now days known as Riello UPS, which are 100% designed and manufactured in Italy, from 5 kVA to 800 Kw, Standby Systems has grown into a large UPS plant business, consisting of a team of highly skilled and professional UPS and battery backup, people, with coverage in all regions in Southern Africa.

Sitting at the helm with the managing director is Mr Thamaga Dona, our Technical Director, who also has a technikon Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He has been a partner and shareholder in Standby Systems since 2011, heading up the technical services departments. Thamaga has vast field service and fault finding experince, for many UPS makes, including Schneider, APC, MGE, Liebert (now called Vertiv) and local manufacturer Durapower, as well as an additional 9 years, at Standby Systems, with AROS RIELLO product ranges. Standby Systems Africa, is a majority black owned business.

Our UPS Backbone Setup

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Standby Systems has a variety of departments to cover all UPS and emergency backup aspects, from technical advice through to complex designs and installations and after sales maintenance.

Intuitive Sales Team

Our technically minded sales representatives intuitively understand the critical nature of your business. They also possess an ability that is sorely lacking in most companies these days – they listen.

Their practical and knowledgeable approach will ensure that your sensitive IT equipment will be protected in the event of grid failure and/or disruption.

Technical Expertise

The very nature of our industry demands a superior level of technical knowledge that is gained over time and hands on experience in the field. We pride ourselves on an accumulated knowledge base from some of the most prominent people in this industry who are always available to mentor and guide the next generation. Our in house factory training and regular supplier factory visits ensure that we can offer qualified and well experience technical support both on and off site. There is no doubt how beneficial skills transfer is, not only in our industry but for the country as a whole.

Factory Testing Facilities

In assuring continued quality in all our products which are fully performance tested in our over sees production facilities, we additionally factory test all our equipment prior to dispatch to any site. Our fully functional test bay is also used for customer witness testing of units to satisfy that purchased products comply with their specifications.

Training Facility

In today’s ever advancing technological growth, continuous training is essential. Our training room at times serves as an impromptu discussion area or for set technical training, Health and Safety annual certification or quality awareness discussions. We also offer training to clients to ensure that they get the most out of the product they purchased and about the UPS system as a whole. The technical knowledge we hold will circumvent most, if not all the pitfalls you will encounter on your site.

Customer Focus

Responding to our customers’ needs is not seen as a reactive process within Standby Systems. It is our proactive approach in every facet of business to pre-empt and satisfy customer requirements with our vast understanding of this industry. We strive to build long standing, mutually satisfying relationships with all our customers.

Our UPS Transport Fleet

Standby Systems has a large delivery and UPS service vehicle fleet, consisting of 9 cars, 13 LDV’s, 6 and 14 Ton, crane trucks, for delivery and rigging, of any size, UPS plant. The rigging of the UPS units and batteries is conducted by a red seal artisan. Standby Systems has a large delivery and UPS service vehicle fleet, consisting of 9 cars, 13 LDV’s, 6 and 14 Ton, crane trucks, for delivery and rigging, of any size, UPS plant. The rigging of the UPS units and batteries is conducted by a red seal artisan.

Preventative UPS Maintenance and Servicing

Standby Systems offers its UPS and other emergency backup users:

  • Preventative maintenance on all makes of emergency backup UPS products
  • Preventative maintenance on all makes and types of backup batteries
  • 24/7 emergency backup support
  • 24/7 call out facilities for all preventative maintenance clients
  • Remote product reporting of any problem or state change in the backup power supply, via the users network, to email or SMS any problem, with the use of the optional SNMP card.


Our maintenance services offer the UPS user:

  • Planned preventative UPS and backup battery maintenance using highly skilled technicians, from the electrical engineering fraternity, all of which receive regular factory training at AROS RIELLO premises in Italy.
  • Alleviate unplanned UPS and backup battery maintenance costs
  • Improve UPS and emergency power system utilisation
  • Reduce the likelihood of emergency breakdowns and callouts
  • Allow Standby Systems to monitor the UPS site and report any problems to the UPS user

Spare Parts for Emergencies

Our massive AROS RIELLO UPS spare parts holding, along with our emergency power service expertise, enables standby systems to offer a service solution to ANY UPS MAINTENANCE client. We are ready to dispatch most critical spares within a 4 to 24 hour window, even for long distance sites, ensuring minimum emergency system downtime and fast UPS repair times.

In-House Repairs to Component Level

Our UPS Quality Systems

Standby Systems was formed by its current Managing Director Mr Greg Bennett, who has a National Higher Diploma in electrical engineering and he has been in the UPS industry since 1989, when he joined Siemens UPS

In 2003 he started Standby Systems and in conjunction with the distributorship of the then AROS UPS systems, now days known as Riello UPS, which are 100% designed and manufactured in Italy, from 5 kVA to 800 Kw, Standby Systems has grown into a large UPS plant business, consisting of a team of highly skilled and professional UPS and battery backup, people, with coverage in all regions in Southern Africa.

Sitting at the helm with the managing director is Mr Thamaga Dona, our Technical Director, who also has a technikon Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He has been a partner and shareholder in Standby Systems since 2011, heading up the technical services departments. Thamaga has vast field service and fault finding experince, for many UPS makes, including Schneider, APC, MGE, Liebert (now called Vertiv) and local manufacturer Durapower, as well as an additional 9 years, at Standby Systems, with AROS RIELLO product ranges. Along with the second black shareholder, Mr Zama Gamede, who is also tertiary qualified with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Standby Systems Africa, is a majority black owned business.

Charity Support and Community Responsibility

As a member of the community, Standby Systems work free of charge at premises assisting in repairs and maintenance of various charities and their buildings, as well as donate funds to several charities.

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