About Us

Sweet Life is an inspiring diabetes community.

Sweet Life is an online diabetes community that informs, inspires and connects people with diabetes in South Africa. We are here to offer reliable advice on all you need to know about diabetes, support people with diabetes and share that just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you can’t live a happy, healthy life. We do this with the help of some of South Africa’s top diabetes experts.

Our Core Team is supported by a Panel of Experts who ensure everything we write is medically and factually accurate. Meet the fabulous team behind Sweet Life:


Core Team:

bridget-mcnulty-sweet-life-magazine-editorBridget McNulty

The Editor of Sweet Life and a Type 1 diabetic. She is also a journalist and author, and published her first novel the same year she was diagnosed. Bridget is passionate about showing the positive side of the condition and proving that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you living a healthy, happy life.



mark-peddle-designer-sweet-life-magazineMark Peddle

The Creative Director of Sweet Life. He is also a professional photographer (take a look at his portfolio on www.markpeddle.com) and has many years experience as both a graphic designer and art director. Both his brother and his wife are diabetic, so he has a deep understanding of the condition.



claire-barnardo-sweet-life-magazine-publisherClaire Barnardo

The Publisher of Sweet Life. With years of industry experience and a Master’s degree in Media, Claire takes care of Sweet Life’s production, publishing and distribution every quarter. Her husband and son make her life sweet.




Tessa-Fenton-Wells-Sweet-Life-magazine-advert-salesTessa Fenton-Wells
Specializes in Advertising Sales across a range of print and online media and has run her own Media Marketing and Sales company for the past 24 years. She has particularly strong relationships with the FMCG, pharmaceutical, health and beauty industries and her clients are amongst SA’s major retailers.





Panel of Experts:

Diabetes isn’t just a medical condition. Our team includes top diabetes experts from all over South Africa: endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), doctors, diabetes educators, dieticians, podiatrists, biokineticists, ophthalmologists, support group experts and professors. These diabetes experts help us to provide you with reliable, relevant and medically accurate diabetes information. With the right team on your side, you can live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.



dr-joel-dave-diabetes-sweet-life-magazineDr. Joel Dave

MBChB PhD FCP Cert Endocrinology. A Senior Specialist in the Division of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Cape  Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. He is also in private practice in Cape Town. He specialises in the diagnosis and management of a wide spectrum of simple and complex endocrine-related disorders, particularly thyroid disease and diabetes.



Dr. Zaheer-Bayat-Sweet-Life-magazineDr. Zaheer Bayat

MBBCh (Wits), FCP(SA), Cert Endo (SA). A specialist physician and specialist endocrinologist working in Gauteng. He is the Co-chair of the Post Graduate Committee in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, and the Head of Endocrinology and Diabetic Services at Helen Joseph Hospital, and sees private patients at the Centre for Integrative Health in Bedfordview and the Centre for Medical Excellence in Lenasia.




Dr. Claudine-Lee-Sweet-Life-magazineDr. Claudine Lee

A family doctor (GP) with a passion for treating diabetes well. She is based in Hilton, KwaZulu/Natal. She has a Diploma in Diabetes (Cardiff University) as well as Ophthalmology and Anaesthesiology (so is able check your eyes  as well). She also runs an insulin pump centre and loves managing pump patients as well as initiating patients on pumps. Get in touch with her on 083 289 8351.



Diabetes Educators:

Jeannie-Berg-Sweet-Life-magazineJeannie Berg

The Chairperson of DESSA: the Diabetes Education Society of South Africa. A dedicated registered pharmacist and diabetic educator with specialty experience in primary health care and diabetes, Jeannie serves on a clinical co-ordination committee of a medical aid administrator and works in Secunda, doing local education for all diabetes patients. Her motto is: Diabetes is a journey and we need a lot of friends to walk it with!



Kate-Bristow-Sweet-Life-magazineKate Bristow

A qualified nursing sister and certified diabetes educator who runs a Centre for Diabetes in Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. She works with clients of all ages and types of diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes) guiding them in self-management. Consultations are on a one-to-one basis with occasional group sessions. She also organizes wellness days in the community, and complimentary diabetes education sessions for patients at local medical centres. She has been involved in diabetes education since 2006, and has a Diploma in Diabetes Care from Glammorgan University.



genevieve-jardine-diabetes-sweet-life-magazineGenevieve Jardine

A dietician based in Durban, who is registered with ADSA, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, and specialises in diseases of lifestyle, diabetes and weight loss. She is the co-author of Your Journey with Diabetes: guiding you through the highs and lows towards optimal blood glucose control, with Dr. Kathryn Wiseman, and is in private practice in Durban.



Faaiza-Paruk-Sweet-Life-magazineFaaiza Paruk

Holds a Bsc Dietetics (Hons) from the University of the Western Cape and is a member of ADSA, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa. She specialises in diseases of lifestyle, especially diabetes, and has worked in hospitals, both private and public. She is now in private practice in Mayfair, Gauteng.



Cheryl-Meyer-Sweet-Life-magazineCheryl Meyer
A registered dietician and member of the Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA) working in private practice in Bryanston, Johannesburg.  She is passionate about food and nutrition, with particular areas of interest in: disease of lifestyle, healthy (and tasty) cooking, diabetes, childhood nutrition and weight management.



Ajita-Ratanjee-Sweet-Life-magazineAjita Ratanjee

A Registered Dietician in Pretoria East and the Founder of Easy Health Wellness in Moreleta Park. Her special interest is ICU nutrition and lifestyle diseases, mainly obesity and diabetes. With over a decade of experience in working with clients, her passion is renewed by seeing the results of helping people make positive lifestyle changes.



Lauren Moore
A Registered Dietician based at the Diabetes Life Clinic in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, Lauren holds a Masters degree in Nutrition and is a member of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa. She has a special interest in nutritional management of diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders. Her passion for dietetics stems from her desire to help people by empowering them with practical knowledge and giving them the confidence to make healthier choices and live more fulfilled lives.



Sarah-Hall-Sweet-Life-magazineSarah Hall

A Registered Biokineticist with a BSc. (Med)(HONS) in Exercise Science (Biokinetics) UCT who loves working out the best possible exercise options for individuals. She currently works for Wellness in Motion in Parkmore, Johannesburg.




Ilona-Padayachee-Sweet-Life-magazineIlona Padayachee

A biokineticist in private practice in Port Elizabeth. She studied HMS (Human Movement Science) with an Honours degree in Biokinetics at NMMU. She enjoys both hydro and orthopaedic rehabilitation, and sees patients with different disease states as well.




Andy-Blecher-Sweet-Life-magazineAndy Blecher

A podiatrist who has been in practice in Cape Town for over 10 years, where she now lives with her three children. She is currently running the Western Cape Diabetic Foot Clinic with a team of other specialists. She holds a 4 year National Higher Diploma in Podiatry, and is on the Western Cape committee of the diabetic foot working group (DFWG). She has a certificate in biomechanics from the international ICB college of biomechanics and is a member of the HPCSA and BHF. Her special interests are the diabetic foot and her motto is: Prevention IS the cure.


Anette-Thompson-Sweet-magazineAnette Thompson

Holds an M Tech Podiatry (UJ) and B Tech Podiatry (SA) and is currently Chairperson of the Footwear Committee of the SA Podiatry Association; Clinical Director for Anette Thompson & Associates, Inc., Podiatrists, KZN and accredited with both the CDE and Diabetes SA. Anette is passionate about foot health and footwear and has registered 3 footwear related patents. Both her mother and husband are Type 2 diabetics so she knows how to “walk the talk”!



dr-dale-harrison-diebetes-sweet-life-magazineDr. Dale Harrison

An ophthalmologist in private practice in Cape Town, and a sessional consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital. He did his undergraduate training at UCT graduating MBCHB in 1992, and completed his specialist training at Groote Schuur FC Ophth (SA) in 2002. He is married with one child. His motto? Get your eyes checked annually!



Support Group Expert:

Jenny-Russell-Sweet-Life-magazineJenny Russell

The Branch Manager of Diabetes South Africa Durban and passionate about educating diabetics on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Jenny is a trained teacher, but has worked in the healthcare industry for approximately 10 years, and for Diabetes SA for 6½ years. She has attended the DESSA (Diabetes Education Society of SA) Diabetes Management course as well as Nutrition Workshops, and currently facilitates 14 Support Groups, as well as the day-to-day running of Diabetes South Africa Durban Branch. Jenny also holds the Community portfolio on the DESSA KZN committee.



Gabi Richter

A Type 1 diabetic and a counsellor using emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and grief counselling as a framework, Gabi is passionate about helping those with diabetes with the emotional side of the condiiton. EFT helps people to break negative cycles and create new and positive ones.



Tim-Noakes-Sweet-Life-magazineTimothy Noakes

MBChB, MD, DSc, FACSM, (hon) FFSEM (UK). A Professor in the Discovery Health Chair of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town.  He is also Director of the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and co-founder with Morné du Plessis of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He has authored many books and papers over the years including his book Lore of Running which is in its 4th edition and which has been published in countries worldwide.



Wayne-Derman-Sweet-Life-magazineWayne Derman

MBChB BSc (Med)(Hons) PhD. The Director of the Chronic Disease Lifestyle Rehabilitation Programme based at the UCT Sports Science Institute of South Africa, where he is also Professor of Sport Science and Sports Medicine and Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Services and Research Group. He has served as Chief Medical Officer for the South African Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and is a popular motivational speaker.


From the whole team here at Sweet Life, Welcome!
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31 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Good day i am diabetic and i need to see a dietician who can help me. I am over weight and need to follow a good eating lifestyle. Please help me.

  2. Hi There, my stepdaughter is 13 and has type 1 diabetes. She will be visiting us over the July holidays and we would like to take her to see a doctor for a thorough check up. Any suggestions for a doctor in Cape Town in the northern suburbs that specialises in Type 1 diabetes.
    Thanks in advance

      1. Hi Jacqui!
        Here you go, a personal recommendation from our Diabetic South Africans group 🙂
        Dr Hennie Nortje – N1 City Medical Chambers (021 595 0922/3)

  3. I have been diagnosed with diabetes don’t know what type but I need to know more I been given meds to control the sugar and that’s I know

    1. Hi John,
      It’s most likely that you’re a Type 2 diabetic as if you were Type 1 they would have given you injections right away. But your doctor should have explained the condition to you more – is it possible to go back to them for further details? Or do they have a diabetes educator in the area? Not sure where you’re based…

  4. I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. my employer is demanding confirmation letter from my doctor that I have diabetes. Is that even allowed because personally i dont think that its right.

  5. Hello

    I am looking for a Diabetes expert in Richards Bay.
    Also a Podiatrist.

    Look forward to your reply

    Thank you Judi

  6. I am a 73 years male & was medical fund member until end last year. Seems that I have to go over to injections as my level tests at 9.8. I live in Centurion & would like to know where is the best to go for the correct treatment & also from a financial point of view.

  7. Hi Everyone, it seems to me that there is not a great deal of choice for good quality frozen diabetic meals. I was thinking of starting a business in Cape Town to produce such meals. Do you think there is a need for this. Mike

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