Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa in collaboration with Trucking

17 July 2020

  • Daimler Trucks & Buses plays a role to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the trucking
    industry
  • 4000 facemasks to be distributed to truck drivers across 21 mobile and 21 national fixed
    roadside trucking wellness centers in South Africa
  • Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa extends a helping hand “For all who keep Africa
    moving

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 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 had this to say” 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

Media enquiries:

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E-mail: mpho.matseba@daimler.com

 

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa at a Glance
Since the invention of the truck over 120 years ago, Daimler has been a pioneer in the commercial
vehicle sector and is today one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers. Established
in South Africa over 60 years ago, Daimler Trucks & Buses together with its brands provide optimal
experience, expertise and attractive products and services to its customers. With a Southern African
footprint, our success is based on our strong brands inclusive of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Buses,
FUSO Trucks along with Freightliner parts and services. Our comprehensive product range is backed
by our value-added services in Fleetboard, Fleetboard Professional Services, TruckStore and
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. All our products are proudly assembled in our production plant in
East London, South Africa.

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