The best diabetes specialists in South Africa

The best diabetes specialists in South Africa

We get one question on our Diabetic South Africans Facebook page every week: please can you recommend a diabetes specialist in (a certain city)?

And then we ask the diabetes community, and get amazing answers. So I thought it would be helpful to compile all of those answers in one place. If you’re looking for a diabetes specialist, take a look at the list below. I’ve included comments in italics when people had something specific to say. And if you have a diabetes specialist to recommend, please share! You can either comment on this page or on the Diabetic South Africans Facebook page.

These are all diabetic specialists recommended by the diabetes community – endocrinologists, doctors and a few diabetes educators.



Joburg diabetes specialists:


Dr Zaheer Bayat

Dr Sundeep Ruder

Dr Segal at Donald Gordon (Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre)

Prof Wing at Donald Gorden Institute – (011) 356-6000‬. Amazing. He changed my life 4 years ago!

Dr Adri Kok, Union Hospital, Alberton

CDE in Houghton – 011 712 6000‬
Fantastic facility! I’m under the superb control and guidance of Dr. Stanley Landau.
1) Doctors and endocrinologists.
2) Gym
3) Dieticians
4) Lancet Laboratory
5) Chemist
Doesn’t get much better than this!

Dr Mayet at CDE Houghton is a diabetologist, Dr David Segal specializes in paediatric diabetes.
Depends on whether you have medical aid or not. As a private patient the fees are less than for medical aids.
Dr Segal is a pediatric diabetic endocrinologist and excellent with children.

Dr Debbie Gordon at the Centre for Diabetes – 011 356 6040. She is absolutely amazing.

CDE Houghton:
Podiatrist – Rae Bernstein
Diabetic Nurse Educator – Vanessa Brown
Ophthalmologist – Dr Peter Van Lingen/Dr A Taylor Donald

Dr Brian Kramer or Prof Larry Distiller.

Tabitha Hume is a really helpful registered dietician.

Dr Erasmus and associates in Benoni: Dr Erasmus is the best

Diabetic Clinic at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital ???
Johannesburg Hospital (Charlotte Maxeke) has the best diabetic specialist in SA

Diabetic Educator Charlotte Meschede at Parkmore Medical Centre

Dr Reyneke at Life Springs Parkland

Dr Chiba at Clinton Hospital Alberton

Dr Andre Pieterse, Linksfield

Jen Whittal: diabetic educator in Bryanston – 083 441 5089.
She empowers you with choices to make wise decisions that truly have you smiling.

Dr Jhetam: ophthalmologist at Milpark Hospital and private clinic in Lenasia


Centurion diabetes specialists:

Dr Wynand Jacobs near Unitas Centurion – he is the best!


Pretoria diabetes specialists:


Dr Jacobus van Dyk in Pretoria – the best ever

Dr Betsie Klopper in Pretoria/Hatfield.

Dr. Smit at Pretoria East Hospital

Dr Helena Oosthuizen at Pretoria East Hospital


Boksburg diabetes specialist:


Dr Coenie Venter, Healthworx in Boksburg




Secunda diabetes specialists:


Jeannie Berg is a diabetes educator at Kosmos Pharmacy

Dr Bahadur – 0176381253


Witbank diabetes specialists:


Dr Lombard and Kate Ratcliff at the Diabetic Clinic in Witbank – 013 697 2407

I have been with them for almost 8 years now and have got my HBA1C from 10.8 to 6.0. They arrange all your yearly appointments with Kate, the diabetic educator, the podiatrist, eye specialist and dietitian. You also see Dr Lombard every time you see the previously mentioned people. They have received awards with the medical association and are all just awesome!

Dr Kathy Bridgens: opthamologist




Durban diabetes specialists:


Dr Diab in the Kloof area (Highway Diabetes Centre – 031 7658741). Fantastic!

Dr Randeree at Parklands is an endocrinologist

Dr Pillay in Westville. He is a paediatric endocrinologist.

Dr Govender, Sedeshan Soobramoneyvery good specialist

Dr Jairam at Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti. Very happy with him.

Dr Jo Skelton (endocrinologist) is incredible

Fiona Prins is a diabetic specialist par excellence

Dr Govender in Umhlunga

Julie Peacock is a Registered Dietitian practising in the Durban North, KZN area. She has lived with Type 1 diabetes for the last 43 years!


Pietermaritzburg diabetes specialists:


Dr Devan Gounder based at Netcare St Anne’s Medical Centre

Dr A.Y.D. Moosa – 033 3456222. He is also the MD of Midlands Medical Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. He is brilliant!

Dr Russel Kirkby

Kate Bristow is an excellent diabetes educator


Hilton diabetes specialist:


Dr Claudine Lee in Hilton


Free State


Welkom diabetes specialist:

Dr. Colyn: Internist at MediClinic Welkom


Eastern Cape


Port Elizabeth diabetes specialist:


Dr Greg Hough


East London diabetes specialist:


Dr Sean Murray

Unathi Daweti: diabetes nurse educator
She is the best…


Western Cape


Cape Town diabetes specialists:


Prof Joel Dave

Dr Neville Wellington

Dr Hennie Nortje – N1 City Medical Chambers – 021 595 0922/3

Prof Francois Bonnici, UCT Hospital

Tygerberg Hospital
It is a referral hospital but has an amazing team in Endocrinology. Prof Zollner is amazing!

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
Also popular with those of us with no medical aid!

Tracy Ugarchund, dietician with a special interest in diabetes: Constantiaberg Mediclinic



Posted on: June 12, 2018__Sweet Life__

25 thoughts on “The best diabetes specialists in South Africa

  1. Hi Brigette-Dr Mac Robertson is no longer practising in Durban; he is now retired.

    I am a Registered Dietitian practising in the Durban North, KZN area; I have also lived with Type 1 Diabetes for the last 43 years!

  2. Hi Bridget, so good to hear from you and read all the helpful info. that you give us {sweet sugary} people.
    I really look forward to you magazine and emails it makes me realize that we must not give up hope while there are people like you giving us continued hope and health information.

  3. Hi

    I live in Durban and it is very difficult to visit private Drs and Diabetic Specialist when
    you are not on Medical Aid. There is a Diabetic Clinic at Addington Hospital but what a mission
    trying to go there for Check-ups and medication there are times when I have go there at 5am and eventually leave after 4pm. It is a nightmare. Do you know if there is a Dr or Clinic that doesn’t charge the earth and you can make an appointment and not have to wait for over 10hrs
    Kind Regards Heather Neave

  4. I take my son to Tygerberg Hospital WC as we are not on medical aid.. it is a referral hospital but has an amazing team in Endo. Prof Zollner is amazing! I know the Red Cross Hospital is also popular with those of us with no medical aid!

  5. Hi im danzil im from elspark i need to take my wife to a diabetic docter who is good and can help her to control her disease .please recommend me.thanks she has diabetes 2

  6. Hi there. I am look for advice on what to do or who to consult. My mother is diabetic and takes her medication from a local clinic. She recently started struggling with swollen feet and it’s really bad. What can she do?

    1. Hi Aphiwe!
      The best would be to take her to the clinic or a doctor and get her feet checked out… It’s important for diabetics to look after their feet and I’m sure she must be really uncomfortable. A podiatrist is a foot specialist so that would be best, but even a GP or clinic doctor should be able to advise. We’re not medical specialists so can’t give medical advice, unfortunately!

  7. Sadly it’s a battle to find someone good with T1 kids that’s local in DBN… All good Drs and nurses seem be in DBN north/ Umhlanga and Upper Highway. Too far for us. My son wont go to Dr Pillay @ Westville. His bed side manner not good for a withdrawn depressed and angry 13 year old… 😢

      1. Hi I’m Zanele.Do you by any chance have a youth support group in Durban. I have a 13 year old son as well that is diabetic. He really needs support.

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