Bakwena N1N4 toll is committed to the well-being of communities along the N1 and N4 routes that it manages. The company has been working in partnership with Pink Drive for the past three years to offer community members the opportunity to attend cancer education and screening sessions in order for them to actively manage and improve their health.
Through Pink Drive, Bakwena has been extensively involved in educating community members and caregivers on the prevention of breast, testicular and prostate cancer as well as examining individuals to assist in early detection.This with the assistance of the clinics in the areas along the N1 and N4 – with the objective of raising awareness on the dreaded disease.
Bakwena’s initial pilot project rolled out in Dinokana and Lehurutshe Clinics during 2013 where education and screenings were carried out for the community. Bakwena also initiated educational programmes with high schools within their focused communities to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast and testicular cancer amoung children from the ages of 16 and upwards. In addition the toll collectors and weighbridge staff along the N1 and N4 were also included in the project. Based on the success of the initial pilot project, Bakwena continues to roll out these education and screening opportunities to all of the communities and high schools along the N1 and N4 corridor, with the most recent programmes being completed throughout August 2014.
The company has been working in partnership with Pink Drive for the past three years to offer community members the opportunity to attend cancer education and screening sessions.
The pilot project kicked off in 2013 with more than 700 community members educated and screened, 2066 children educated and 12 referrals to local hospitals for follow-up treatment. Bakwena also extended the education and screening to toll collectors and weighbridge staff on the N1 and N4 which resulted in a further 207 being educated, 187 screened and 3 referrals.
During 2014, Bakwena and Pink Drive have managed to educate a total of 4311 children and screen and educate 947 community members in total along the N1N4 route with 22 referrals to the local hospitals. Bakwena has also trained 196 caregivers and nurses from those communities.
As a socially responsible company, Bakwena understands the importance of strengthening systems such as health and education; factors that will impact the futures of community members. Bakwena looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the team on many more initiatives in future.