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About us

Sweet Life is an inspiring diabetes community for South Africans with diabetes. We are a registered NPO with a single focus: to empower people with diabetes in South Africa.

Sweet Life is a diabetes community that informs, inspires and connects people with diabetes in South Africa. Get expert advice on all you need to know about diabetes and join a community of South Africans with diabetes. Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you can’t live a happy, healthy life.

South Africa’s largest online diabetes community

As a registered NPO (220-984), our mission is:

  • To solve diabetes education in SA, by testing out different formats, languages and language.
  • To empower people with diabetes on their journey to a healthy, happy life – by providing answers to all their diabetes questions, and a community to support and share their experiences.
  • To bring diabetes into the national spotlight by creating media-friendly talking points around diabetes, so that it’s a frequent topic of discussion on radio and TV.

    Our focus is on simple, easy-to-understand information for South Africans with diabetes. Our values are authenticity, empowerment and empathy. Our vision is a South Africa where diabetes is a well-managed condition.

Diabetes isn’t just a medical condition. Our team includes top diabetes experts in South Africa. These diabetes experts help us to provide you with reliable, relevant and medically accurate diabetes information.

Sweet Life Voices

Bridget McNulty

Co-founder of Sweet Life, living with Type 1 diabetes

Bridget McNulty is a published author, co-founder of Sweet Life and one of South Africa’s most trusted diabetes voices. She is also the co-founder of SA Diabetes Advocacy and the Diabetes Alliance, and a member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices. She often speaks about diabetes on national radio and TV.

Pitsi Dipela

Program Manager at Sweet Life

Pitsi Dipela is a qualified and registered dietician, with over 9 years experience in the corporate and government sectors. She has trained as a health coach for the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes. She also has direct experience of a family member living with Type 2 diabetes.

Sweet Life Board

Mark Peddle

Creative Director and co-founder of Sweet Life

Mark Peddle is the Creative Director and co-founder of Sweet Life. He is also a professional photographer with many years experience as both a graphic designer and art director. Both his brother and his wife live with Type 1 diabetes, so he has a deep understanding of the condition

Dr. Sundeep Ruder

MBBCh, FCP (SA), FSEM (SA), Endocrinologist

Dr. Sundeep Ruder is an endocrinologist in private practice and an associate lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also an honorary consultant at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and an Executive Committee Member of SEMDSA (Society of Endocrinology Metabolism and Diabetes South Africa).

Sebastian Thompson

Co-founder of Gravity Ideas and Lake Innovation

Sebastian Thompson is a behavioural design practitioner and the co-founder of two of South Africa’s most respected behavioural science companies. Sebastian is working to make the world a better place by designing for the mind, and curious about how this can be applied to diabetes.

Nobuntu Webster

Business leader and development strategist

Nobuntu Webster is a recognised business leader and development strategist, focusing on media strategy in social and economic development. Nobuntu has extensive leadership experience chairing development organisations such as the International Women’s Forum SA, Businesswomen’s Association of SA and KZN Youth Chamber of Commerce.

Christelle Pike

Administrator

Christelle Pike is the administrative brain of Sweet Life. She has many years experience working for various clients ensuring that their financial management is in order. Her husband has diabetes, so she has lived with it for 20 years and understands the many facets of the condition.

Our diabetes information is supported by South African experts.

Independent Code

Sweet Life subcribes to the The Independent Code of Governance for NGOS in South Africa.

Sweet Life is a registered NPO/PBO (220-984) with a single goal: to improve diabetes in South Africa. We are funded by sponsorships and donations from aligned companies and organisations who believe in our work. We only share information that we believe benefits our community. While some of this information is linked to specific brands, it is not an official endorsement of that brand. We believe in empowering people with diabetes to make the best decisions they can, to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.