Brian Joss – It was the year 2009 when Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (DTBSA) partnered with the Trucking Wellness Programme, an initiative of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry, to ensure the health and wellbeing of truck drivers on our roads.
Over 10 years later, the work initiated through this partnership has grown to positively impact thousands of lives on and off our roads, while evolving to include targeted wellness programmes for drivers, driver trainers, healthcare providers and DTBSA fleet owners.
Today, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the wellness of the trucking industry remains more critical than ever as our economy grapples under the immeasurable effects of this unprecedented season. Of great importance is the health and safety of truck drivers leading the frontline charge, in the delivery of goods and services in what has become unusual operating conditions. It is for this reason that Daimler Trucks & Buses collaborated with the Trucking Wellness Programme to donate 4000 reusable facemasks to truck drivers across South Africa, in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus within the trucking industry.
“As Daimler Trucks & Buses we continue to recognize the importance of the trucking industry on the economy and are therefore extremely honored to assume responsibility in taking action to fight the spread of the pandemic with this donation. Furthermore, it’s always a pleasure to strengthen and expand the great work undertaken by the Trucking Wellness team, which aligns strongly to our undisputed purpose to keep Africa moving”, commented Michael Dietz: CEO Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa.
Each truck driver will receive a reusable facemask, which contains a pack of 5 filters, upon visiting any of the 21 mobile and 21 national fixed roadside wellness centers located on all major trucking routes and South Africa’s borders.
Trucking Wellness said,” this donation is important to Trucking Wellness as it confirms DTBSA’s longstanding commitment to support our health and safety initiatives for the road freight industry. Handing out facemasks of such a good quality further reinforces the value DTBSA places on the wellbeing of truck drivers. This will certainly serve as a token of appreciation to not only the truck drivers, but to our roadside wellness centers staff, who have worked tirelessly since the inception of the lockdown,” said Tertius Wessels: Managing Director of Corridor Empowerment Project appointed by the NBCRFLI to manage Trucking Wellness on their behalf.
The facemasks were officially handed-over to the Trucking Wellness team by employees of DTBSA on July 9, 2020 at the Rodekop Truck Stop, in the East of Johannesburg.
CAPTION: A DT&B employee hands a facemask to a truck driver. Picture: Motorpress