Kimberley truckers benefit from Driver Wellness campaign

Kimberley truckers welcome Engen Driver Wellness

Kimberley truckers were are invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kimberly Truck Stop, Cape Town Road, Kimberly from 17:00 – 22:00 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.

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“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 marked increases in the number of individuals using the services we provide – a clear indication that this intervention is making a difference to the wellbeing of Kimberley truckers 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.

Given the long and lonely hours long-haul Kimberley truckers spend on the road and the stresses associated with the job, 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, while TB screening saw a 15% upsurge.

“Engen’s Driver Wellness campaign continues to have an 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,” says Nduvane.

Kimberley truckers should take note of the testing schedule:

Truck Stop & Retail sites Venue Date  Time
Kokstad Truck Stop BG Truck Stop Main Road Kokstad 31-Oct-17 10:00 – 17:00
Harrismith Truck Stop N3 Highway, Harrismith 03-May-17 17:00-22:00
Kimberly Truck Stop Cape Town Road, Kimberly 26-Jun-17 17:00-22:00
Upington Truck Stop De Drift Plaza, Erf 1070, Louisvale, Upington 11-Jul-17 07:00-17:00
Springfontein Truck Stop Plot no 3, N1 Highway, Springfontein 27-Jun-17 07:00-17:00
Cape Road Convenience Centre 314 Cape Road, Newton Park PE 24-Apr-17 10:00 – 17:00
Millennium Convenience Centre R75 Uitenhage Rd, Algoa Park PE 25-Apr-17 10:00 – 17:00
Penford Motors 18-20 Graaf Reinet Road , Uitenhage 26-Apr-17 10:00 – 17:00
Progress Service Station 35 Thompson Avenue, Bizana 07-Jul-17 10:00 – 15:00
Mosselbay 1 Stop N2 Mosselbay 28-Sep-17 10:00 – 17:00
Gone South Engen Truck Stop No 1 Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops 23-Oct-17 17:00 – 22:00
East London Engen Truckstop 16A Settlers Way, Gately, Wesbank, East London 25-Oct-17 17:00 – 22:00
Airport Motors 9 Breezyvale Rd. Orange Groove 26-Oct-17 10:00 – 17:00
Gateway Truck Stop N1  Highway, Beitbridge Border Post, Musina 05 & 06 Oct 2017 06:00 – 15:00
Market Gateway Majorie Street, City Deep 17-Oct-17 09:00 – 15:00
Kranskop 1 Stop N & S Bound N1 Highway, Bela Bela 17-May-17 07:00 – 15:00
Highveld 1 Stop N & S Bound R21 Highway 11-Oct-17 07:00 – 15:00
Vaal 1 Stop N3 Highway 18-May-17 09:00 – 13:00
Engen Swartland 1 Stop N7 National Road, Philadelphia 29-Sep 11:00 – 15:00
Engen Winelands 1 Stop North N1 National Road, Joostenbergvlakte 01-Oct 10: 00 – 13:00
Engen Winelands 1 Stop South N1 National Road, Joostenbergvlakte 01-Oct 14:00 – 17:00
Engen Kempston Truck Stop Gunner Circle, Epping Industrial 02-Oct 07:00 – 12:00


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