Engen Driver Wellness once again takes centre stage, bringing health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. In celebration of National Transport month, Engen officially kicked-off its annual programme on 21 October at Engen Gateway Truckstop in Musina.

Engen Driver Wellness aims to improve occupational health and wellness among long-distance truck drivers by providing free health screening, advice on healthy lifestyle choices and consultations where necessary.

Running for its eighth-year, the 2019 Engen Driver Wellness will reach 18 sites in four provinces in October and November, concluding on 6 November in the Eastern Cape.

All truck drivers passing through Gauteng, Free State, and the Eastern and Western Cape are invited to visit participating Engen 1-Stops and Truck Stops (see full schedule below) for free voluntary health screenings. Drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment.

In partnership with Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness (TOCH), mobile clinics have been set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations. These will offer free screenings conducted by qualified nurses and councillors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests.

Jan Pieterse a Truck Driver from Heidelberg goes through one of the Health checks during the Engen Driver Wellness campaign, Engen Winelands One Stop Cape Town, Western Cape

Brochures are available at mobile clinics to further educate truck drivers as well as Engen petrol attendants and forecourt cashiers about these chronic illnesses. Referral letters are issued where needed to ensure follow up by clinics, hospitals or medical practitioners.

Unathi Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement says the primary aim of Engen Driver Wellness is to improve health through awareness and make roads safer.

“Given the long hours many truck drivers spend on the road and the stresses associated with the job, these interventions form a critical pillar of support. It is therefore essential to remind drivers and Engen forecourt staff why their health is so important and how lifestyle choices impact on their well-being. Ultimately, voluntary testing will improve their health, safety, well-being and productivity.”

A clear indication that Engen Driver Wellness is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017 and 2018, approximately 4 750 truck drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings.

Adds Magida: “As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that Engen’s health empowerment is gaining traction.”

Engen’s focus on Health and Safety is aligned to its business. Health and Safety is entrenched in every aspect of the company’s operations. World-class standards and guidelines govern all of Engen’s practices in this regard and are applied vigorously to ensure operational excellence and best practice.

“The Engen Driver Wellness campaign continues to have a massive all-round impact for both drivers and their families, who benefit from reduced exposure to diseases and greater longevity of a breadwinner,” concludes Magida.

Prudence Dumbo goes through one of the Health checks during the Engen Driver Wellness campaign, Engen Highveld 1 Stop West, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, GAUTENG

 

DATE TRUCK STOPVENUETIMEPROVINCE
Mon – 21 OctEngen Gateway Truck StopN1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina6H00-17H00Gauteng
Tue – 22 OctEngen Kranskop 1 Stop NorthN1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina06H00-12H00Gauteng
Tue -22 OctEngen Kranskop 1 Stop SouthN1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina13H00-17H00Gauteng
Wed -23 OctMarket GatewayMajorie Street, City Deep07H00-16H00Gauteng
Thu – 24 OctEngen Highveld 1 Stop EastR21 Highway, Between Pretoria & Kempton Park07H00-12H00Gauteng
Thu – 24 OctEngen Highveld 1 Stop WestR21 Highway, Between Pretoria & Kempton Park13H00-17H00Gauteng
Fri – 25 OctEngen Vaal 1 StopN3 Highway Route Durban-Johannesburg07H00-16H00Gauteng
Mon – 28 OctEngen Winelands 1 Stop NorthN1 National Road to Paarl, Joostenbergvlakte07H00-12H00WC
Mon – 28 OctEngen Winelands 1 Stop SouthN1 National Road to Cape Town, Joostenbergvlakte13H00 – 17H00WC
Tue – 29 OctEngen Swartland 1 StopN7 National road, Philadelphia12H00-18H00WC
Wed – 30 OctEngen Kempston Truck StopGunner Circle, Epping Industrial06H00-13H00WC
Thu – 31 OctEngen Springfontein Truck StopPlot no. 3, N1 Highway, Springfontein08H00-16H00FS
Fri -01 NovEngen Progress Service Station35 Thompson Avenue, Bizana07H00-15H00EC
Mon – 04-NovEngen Gone South Engen Truck stopNo 1 Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops07H00-12H00EC 
Mon – 04 -NovEngen Cape Road Convenience Centre314 Cape Road, Newton Park, P/Elizabeth13H00-17H00EC 
Tue – 05 – NovEngen Penford Motors18-20 Graaf Reinet Rd, Uitenhage07H00-11H00EC 
Tue – 05 – NovEngen Millennium Convenience centreR75 Uitenhage Rd, Algoa Park, P/Elizabeth13H00-17H00EC 
Wed  – 06 – NovEngen Airport Motors9 Breezyvale Rd, Orange Groove07H00-13H00EC