Truck Driver Safety and Wellness Symposium commits to real change
Nicci Scott Anderson, founder of the SaferStops Association

The Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, is proud to announce the unveiling of The Department’s programme for the inaugural Truck Driver Safety and Wellness Symposium. The Symposium will take place on 7 March at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. 

Ms Chikunga will be hosting the Welcome Dinner on 6 March and delivering the opening address at the Symposium on 7 March.

Hosted under the theme “Your wellness is our concern,” the Symposium marks a pivotal moment in the pursuit of enhancing the safety and wellness of truck drivers across South Africa.

With an exciting line-up of speakers, this first-of-its-kind Symposium focuses on going beyond just talking about truck driver wellness, but delving into the core of the issues. It is a concerted effort towards driving tangible change, elevating safety protocols, and improving the overall health of drivers. In collaboration with the SaferStops Association, it is set to become an annual event on the industry calendar.

“More than just an exchange of ideas, we aim to address actionable points and chase down partners to commit to change,” explains Nicci Scott Anderson, founder of the SaferStops Association.  “We want to look back on what we have achieved in a year and reflect on the success of private-public partnerships.”

Hosting truck drivers from all provinces, fleet/human resources/risk managers, and delegates from key government departments, industry bodies, unions, state-owned entities and the private sector, the Symposium has been designed as an interactive and informative experience, emphasising a holistic approach to driver wellness.

"The agenda has been carefully crafted with key industry stakeholders," says Mihlali Gqada, Freight Specialist at the DoT. "Our aim is not only to provide a comprehensive overview of the industry's current landscape, but also to chart a path towards progress, minimising risks for our drivers on the roads as much as possible, whilst improving their overall health and wellness.”

The event has garnered strong support, from organisations including SANRAL, the  Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA), the Road Transport Management Corporation, the Road Accident Fund,  the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI), the Road Freight Association (RFA), the Truckers Association of SA (TASA), the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), Michelin, Engen, the Commercial Transport Academy, Affinity Health, Ctrack, , CVLC Communication, Endless Hydration, Guud, Hino, Hollard, Isuzu, Jonsson Workwear, Santam, Trucking Wellness, UD Trucks, Virgin Active, Volvo, as well as the Departments of Health and Employment and Labour. In addition to the main agenda, there will be several panel discussions covering topics such as skills development, driver wellness, truck driver safety on the road, as well as nutrition.

An interactive exhibition will be hosted alongside the Symposium. Drivers will be able to undergo complimentary medical assessments (optometry certificate, national medical certificate and complimentary spectacles), as well as testing for HIV, glucose levels, and diabetes. Head, neck, and shoulder massages will also be offered for those drivers seeking a moment to relax. The latest electric trucks and other trucking technologies will also be on display. Virgin Active will run exercise activations throughout the day. Delegates will also be able to enjoy Engen’s new, healthy meal options that are offered at its truck stops.

"We've received overwhelming support for the Symposium, with various sponsors on board," continues Scott Anderson. "This is an acknowledgement of the industry's commitment to improve driver safety and wellness."

The event, which includes a welcome gala dinner on 6 March and a dinner on 7 March, offers numerous networking and information sharing opportunities. "The symposium has been planned in such a way that it offers delegates not only information, but also an experience of what wellness means and what solutions are available,” says Gqada. “It is important that we move towards an overall healthier lifestyle for drivers if we want tangible wellness results," she continues, pointing out the significance of practical solutions and promoting a healthier lifestyle within the driving community.

" The symposium is set to be the first of several initiatives to bring about change for truck drivers in South Africa. Our drivers' wellness is crucial to the trucking industry and the overall South African economy. Driving change and promoting wellness is the responsibility of all of us working together," concludes Gqada.

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