Business Day (Johannesburg) (02.09.12) - Monday, February 27,
South Africa has opened its 22nd Trucking Wellness Center in
Roodekop, Johannesburg, to increase HIV/AIDS prevention,
testing and treatment in the trucking industry.
The Trucking Wellness Program represents a long-term
partnership between Mercedes-Benz South Africa, the South
African Business Coalition on HIV & AIDS (SABCOHA) and the
embassy of Sweden under the auspices of the National
Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics
Industry. According to MBSA spokesperson Nobuzwe Mangcu, the
program has counseled upwards of 430,000 individuals and
currently treats 155,000 people.
Area trucking activity drives the establishment of center
sites, said Mangcu. "The Roodekop Wellness Center is an ideal
hub to reach long-distance truck drivers, women at risk, as
well as communities in the area," he said.
Brad Mears, CEO of SABCOHA, noted that plans to replicate the
program are being considered by the South African National
"It is only through a collaborative commitment and seeking out
innovative platforms such as" the trucking program, said
Swedish Embassy Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor Ria Schoeman, "that a
concerted and tangible impact can be made in reducing the
spread of this disease."