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Engen Driver Wellness 2017 comes to Gauteng

Engen Driver Wellness
The Engen Driver Wellness programme provides free medical screenings for truck drivers

Engen Driver Wellness creates health awareness

Engen Petroleum launched its annual Engen Driver Wellness programme in Gauteng this week.

Truck drivers were invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kranskop 1 Stop North and South Bound on the N1 Highway in Bela-Bela and the Vaal 1 Stop on the N3 Highway as part of Engen’s Driver Wellness Initiative.

Engen Driver Wellness is a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness.

The initiative, which has impacted positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators has continued to increase driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores over the years.

Over a seven month period, running from April to the end of October, the programme will reach 21 sites in five provinces.

Running for its sixth year, Engen Driver Wellness continues to bring health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings.

Operated nationwide at Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations, drivers are offered free voluntary screenings in mobile clinics.

These are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors where blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS are tested.

Engen’s corporate social investment manager, Mntu Nduvane says that the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness.

“Education helps to remind drivers and our employees why their health is important and how life choices impact on their well-being. Ultimately, this increases their health, safety and productivity.”

“There has been a marked increase in the number of individuals using the services we provide which are a clear indication that this intervention is making a difference to the wellbeing of drivers and will ultimately lead to a healthier industry,” adds Nduvane.

As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and well-being are important indicators that health empowerment is gaining traction.

These interventions form a critical pillar of support.

“Our most recent statistics show how cholesterol screening jumped by 63% from 2014 to 2015.

Glucose testing went up by 18.5% and 16% more drivers tested their Body Mass Index (BMI), while blood pressure screening also realised an increase of 16% for 2015.

HIV and STI testing rose by 16% between 2014 and 2015 and TB Screening saw a 15% upsurge,’’ added Nduvane.

“Engen’s Driver Wellness campaign continues to have a massive all-round impact.

“This includes both on the drivers and their families, who benefit from reduced exposure to diseases and greater longevity of a breadwinner, and of course on the company itself, in terms of improved worker productivity, skills retention and disease management,” concludes Nduvane.

Truck Stop & Retail sitesVenueDate Time
Kokstad Truck StopBG Truck Stop Main Road Kokstad31-Oct-1710:00 – 17:00
Harrismith Truck StopN3 Highway, Harrismith03-May-1717:00-22:00
Kimberly Truck StopCape Town Road, Kimberly26-Jun-1717:00-22:00
Upington Truck StopDe Drift Plaza, Erf 1070, Louisvale, Upington11-Jul-1707:00-17:00
Springfontein Truck StopPlot no 3, N1 Highway, Springfontein27-Jun-1707:00-17:00
Cape Road Convenience Centre314 Cape Road, Newton Park PE24-Apr-1710:00 – 17:00
Millennium Convenience CentreR75 Uitenhage Rd, Algoa Park PE25-Apr-1710:00 – 17:00
Penford Motors18-20 Graaf Reinet Road , Uitenhage26-Apr-1710:00 – 17:00
Progress Service Station35 Thompson Avenue, Bizana07-Jul-1710:00 – 15:00
Mosselbay 1 StopN2 Mosselbay28-Sep-1710:00 – 17:00
Gone South Engen Truck StopNo 1 Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops23-Oct-1717:00 – 22:00
East London Engen Truckstop16A Settlers Way, Gately, Wesbank, East London25-Oct-1717:00 – 22:00
Airport Motors9 Breezyvale Rd. Orange Groove26-Oct-1710:00 – 17:00
Gateway Truck StopN1  Highway, Beitbridge Border Post, Musina05 & 06 Oct 201706:00 – 15:00
Market GatewayMajorie Street, City Deep17-Oct-1709:00 – 15:00
Kranskop 1 Stop N & S BoundN1 Highway, Bela Bela17-May-1707:00 – 15:00
Highveld 1 Stop N & S BoundR21 Highway11-Oct-1707:00 – 15:00
Vaal 1 StopN3 Highway18-May-1709:00 – 13:00
Engen Swartland 1 StopN7 National Road, Philadelphia29-Sep11:00 – 15:00
Engen Winelands 1 Stop NorthN1 National Road, Joostenbergvlakte01-Oct10: 00 – 13:00
Engen Winelands 1 Stop SouthN1 National Road, Joostenbergvlakte01-Oct14:00 – 17:00
Engen Kempston Truck StopGunner Circle, Epping Industrial02-Oct07:00 – 12:00


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