Manline provides full range of key transport solutions for mining

first_imgManline says it has become “the first African company to provide a full scope of transport solutions, including abnormal load transportation, project cargo, rigging and lifting, to clients in the mining sector. Drawing on the world-class capabilities and expertise of its two abnormal loads brands – Manline Mega and Manline Kumkani – Manline provides an unparalleled service offering in Southern Africa and beyond.”Manline Mega specialises in abnormal loads and project cargo up to 85 t. Its fleet comprises 50 truck/trailer combinations in both stepdeck and lowbed configurations. Another 20 trucks will be added over the next six months.Manline Kumkani boasts a fleet of 12 dedicated horses, 78 Goldhofer multi-axle modular trailer combinations, and four Faymonville extendable trailers. This allows Manline to customise and extend trailers to transport irregular-shaped abnormal loads of up to 900 t on public roads.As part of the Barloworld Transport group, Manline has access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from experts in a wide range of specialist transport organisations. Later this month a new division, Barloworld Cranes, will be launched within the Barloworld Transport group. The new division will allow all member companies, including Manline, to enhance both their transport and lifting services.Using cutting-edge, German-engineered Liebherr all-terrain cranes and Tadano truck mount cranes, Barloworld Cranes will be able to provide tailored solutions and services for mining clients and projects within the sector.“Having recognised the growing need for a comprehensive turnkey solution within the mining sector, we can now provide a unique abnormal transport and lifting service,” says Neil Henderson, CEO of Barloworld Transport. “Clients can certainly expect to benefit from competitive pricing, improved efficiency and streamlined services delivered by one provider, which will add tremendous value in the long term.“As the first African provider to offer such a wide range of solutions, we are confident that we can grow along with our clients and provide them with the world-class services and solutions they have come to expect,” adds Henderson. “This is in line with our vision to deliver ‘smart’ transport solutions across the continent.”last_img read more

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Tech institutes allowed to merge to form universities under new legislation

first_imgUpdated 12.42pmINSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGIES that wish to merge to form Technology Universities will be allowed to following the publication of the Heads of the Technological Universities Bill.Speaking today about the new measures, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said that the legislation will pave the way for mergers and allow for “technology universities” to be become “new higher education institutions”.The Hunt ReportFollowing recommendations made in the Hunt report, which called for the consolidation of the Institute of Technology sector and the creation of a small number of multi-campus technological universities, the minister said the publication of the Bill represents an “essential milestone in the modernisation and reform agenda for higher education institutions”.He said: Read: New rules will require colleges to merge or lose funding> I believe the roadmap for Institutes of Technologies is now clear on how they can attain Technological University Status.Through mergers they can achieve the critical mass to allow them to reach the scale and level of performance required to compete on the world stage with other similar institutions.center_img Quinn added that for first time since 1989, when University of Limerick and DCU attained university status the “prospect of new universities is now very real”.MergingThree groups of institutes of technology have expressed interest in merging and applying to become a technological university.Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Tallaght and the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown have expressed interest in merging, while the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee said they may merge.The Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology are also two institutes that may combine under the new rules.A fourth group, the Connacht-Ulster Alliance made up of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Sligo IT and Letterkenny IT have indicated that they are deepening their existing alliance with a view to merge in the medium term.The Students’ Unions at the DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght said they welcomed the announcement but said it is vital that creation of new technological universities “is driven by students’ needs for better learning experiences and outcomes, not cost-cutting”.StudentsSpeaking on behalf of the three students’ unions, Glenn Fitzpatrick, President of DIT Students’ Union said the development will give students the opportunity to experience new world class universities while maintaining the ethos of the Institutes of Technology.He added:We look forward to engaging intensively with Government and the Institutes themselves to ensure that the new universities – in terms of the courses and student services they will be providing – are of the highest possible quality.All the groups interested in merging are preparing their plans which must be a legally binding memorandum of understanding between each consortium of institutions describing their consolidation into a new single institution.Following this, the institutes that have merged will then submit an application to become a technology university.The minister stressed, however, that the three groups will have to meet the exacting standards as set out to become technological universities and this will be judged independently.Read: Apprentices to pay higher fees as budget cuts kick in>last_img read more

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