Free truck driver health screenings in the Western Cape

Engen Driver Wellness took centre stage this month, bringing health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. In celebration of National Transport month, the programme visited the Engen Winelands 1 Stop on October 28th

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.

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.

 

DATE TRUCK STOP VENUE TIME PROVINCE
Mon – 21 Oct Engen Gateway Truck Stop N1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina 6H00-17H00 Gauteng
Tue – 22 Oct Engen Kranskop 1 Stop North N1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina 06H00-12H00 Gauteng
Tue -22 Oct Engen Kranskop 1 Stop South N1 Highway, Beitbridge border Post, Musina 13H00-17H00 Gauteng
Wed -23 Oct Market Gateway Majorie Street, City Deep 07H00-16H00 Gauteng
Thu – 24 Oct Engen Highveld 1 Stop East R21 Highway, Between Pretoria & Kempton Park 07H00-12H00 Gauteng
Thu – 24 Oct Engen Highveld 1 Stop West R21 Highway, Between Pretoria & Kempton Park 13H00-17H00 Gauteng
Fri – 25 Oct Engen Vaal 1 Stop N3 Highway Route Durban-Johannesburg 07H00-16H00 Gauteng
Mon – 28 Oct Engen Winelands 1 Stop North N1 National Road to Paarl, Joostenbergvlakte 07H00-12H00 WC
Mon – 28 Oct Engen Winelands 1 Stop South N1 National Road to Cape Town, Joostenbergvlakte 13H00 – 17H00 WC
Tue – 29 Oct Engen Swartland 1 Stop N7 National road, Philadelphia 12H00-18H00 WC
Wed – 30 Oct Engen Kempston Truck Stop Gunner Circle, Epping Industrial 06H00-13H00 WC
Thu – 31 Oct Engen Springfontein Truck Stop Plot no. 3, N1 Highway, Springfontein 08H00-16H00 FS
Fri -01 Nov Engen Progress Service Station 35 Thompson Avenue, Bizana 07H00-15H00 EC
Mon – 04-Nov Engen Gone South Engen Truck stop No 1 Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops 07H00-12H00 EC
Mon – 04 -Nov Engen Cape Road Convenience Centre 314 Cape Road, Newton Park, P/Elizabeth 13H00-17H00 EC
Tue – 05 – Nov Engen Penford Motors 18-20 Graaf Reinet Rd, Uitenhage 07H00-11H00 EC
Tue – 05 – Nov Engen Millennium Convenience centre R75 Uitenhage Rd, Algoa Park, P/Elizabeth 13H00-17H00 EC
Wed  – 06 – Nov Engen Airport Motors 9 Breezyvale Rd, Orange Groove 07H00-13H00 EC