- Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa together with its dealers dedicate the month of October to honour and appreciate truck drivers
- Through this initiative, 1000 driver hampers will be distributed at truck stops nationally to salute drivers for being an integral part of keeping Africa Moving
- Transport month this year will be driven under the theme “Together, let’s speak transport”
Michael Dietz, President and CEO Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa comments on the initiative: “It is without a doubt that truck drivers to a notable extend remain to be the unsung heroes that play a critical role in ensuring that we truly keep Africa moving. I am particularly thrilled to have together with our dealer partners rolled up our sleeves to express the depth of our gratitude to every truck driver on our road. From moving various goods and services across multiple industries daily, it’s important to remember that almost every item consumed in South Africa is loaded in a truck eventually. There is therefore no better time like the present to celebrate and appreciate our brothers and sisters, for undertaking one of the most demanding and crucial jobs that contribute to the economy.”
“As a DTBSA Dealer Partner we are privileged to join forces with Head Office on this praiseworthy initiative, especially at this critical juncture in our country. The transport industry is undoubtedly the backbone of the economy, and it is for this reason that we have set aside October to salute and support all our courageous truck drivers for working tirelessly to ensure economic success. Their commitment and great sacrifice for the industry does not go unnoticed”, concludes Cornél Oelofse, Franchise Executive Commercial Vehicles Division Orbit Commercial Vehicles.
The DTBSA participating dealers will select a truck stop within the regions they operate in throughout October, and will dedicate a day to distribute at least 100 hampers to truck drivers. The driver hamper consists of essential items to support truck drivers whilst they are on the move delivering goods daily, and these include; a branded Buff, Facemask, Branded bag, Stainless steel flask, and a Trucking Wellness information leaflet. Further to this, some dealers have also partnered with the Trucking Wellness Programme to assist drivers with onsite health screening during the handover events.