Updated 11 October 2013

Engen Driver Wellness campaign in Swartland

Engen and Trucking Wellness have joined hands to present this year’s Driver Wellness campaign, aimed at educating long distance truck drivers about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Engen and Trucking Wellness an initiative of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics industry (NBCRFLI) have once again joined hands to bring this year’s Driver Wellness campaign to Swartland area in Western Cape Now in its third year the Driver Wellness campaign is an annual initiative by Engen aimed at educating long distance truck drivers about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst on the road, servicing the economy. The campaign kicked off earlier this year and will have been to 17 Engen sites by the end of October 2013.      

The driver wellness campaign is run at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail sites. Drivers get an opportunity to go for free voluntary screening in mobile clinics by qualified nurses and councillors for high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS. The programme also provides counselling and a referral service where required.  In 2012, 841 drivers presented themselves for screening compared to 400 in 2011.

This year the intention is to increase the number of drivers screened by 30%.

“We are pleased to continue playing a role in informing, educating and raising awareness about the impact of health issues and chronic diseases on road safety,” says Khanyisa Balfour, Groups Corporate Social Investment Manager for Engen.

“The Driver Wellness initiative is aimed at raising awareness around health issues that have a direct impact on road safety, by helping drivers to manage their wellness better. We believe initiatives such as these can make a real difference to road safety in the long run and encourage a healthy lifestyle change in professional drivers,” says Balfour.

Swartland 1 Stop is one of many around the country where drivers rest overnight after spending long hours on the road during the day. The campaign is set to visit most provinces including Springfontein in the Free State.

For more information contact Tania Landsberg, Engen Petroleum Group Communications Manager: +27 21 403 5258; cell: 083 393 3398 or email:

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