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: foundational diabetes education building blocks. 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
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.
Project 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
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).
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.
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 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.