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Sweet Life is an inspiring diabetes community for Diabetic South Africans. We are a registered NPO with a single focus: to improve 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 Diabetic South Africans. 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 goals are to improve the diagnosis number in SA (at the moment 1 in 2 people with diabetes are undiagnosed) and improve the health of people with diabetes. How? By encouraging TEEL: Take your medication, Eat healthy, Exercise and Lose weight if necessary. Our focus is on simple, easy-to-understand information for Diabetic South Africans.

Our core team is supported by top diabetes experts in South Africa.

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, ophthalmologists and counsellors. These diabetes experts help us to provide you with reliable, relevant and medically accurate diabetes information.

Meet our Diabetes Experts.


Sweet Life Voices


Bridget McNulty

Bridget McNulty Sweet Life board
Bridget McNulty

Bridget McNulty is a published author, Type 1 diabetic and co-founder of Sweet Life Diabetes Community (www.sweetlife.org.za), one of South Africa’s most trusted diabetes voices. She has over a decade of experience with some of South Africa’s top media brands, as creative director, magazine editor, content strategist, writer and editor. She has published numerous articles on living with diabetes in South African lifestyle magazines, is a former finalist in the Novo Nordisk Media Prize, and is frequently interviewed on national radio and TV on the topic. She is also a member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices.

Montsheng Botlhoko

Montsheng Botlhoko

Montsheng Botlhoko has been living with Type 2 diabetes since 2011. Her father lived with diabetes for decades, but it was still an emotional challenge getting used to having the condition herself. Her passion is to raise diabetes awareness so that more South Africans can be diagnosed properly. “For us to stand up and fight comes from the support we get from home,” she says. “So many people get amputated or go blind because of lack of knowledge: we can avoid this.”


Sweet Life Board


Mark Peddle

Mark Peddle Sweet Life board
Mark Peddle

Mark Peddle is the Creative Director and co-founder of Sweet Life. He is also a professional photographer and has many years experience as both a graphic designer and art director. His extensive experience in print and digital design and strategy, BTL art direction, brand development, corporate identity and publishing expertise means that Mark understands how to translate information visually. Both his brother and his wife are Type 1 diabetics, so he has a deep understanding of the condition.

Dr Sundeep Ruder

Dr Sundeep Ruder

Dr Sundeep Ruder MBBCh, FCP (SA), FSEM (SA) 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). He is an experienced speaker on the topic of Philosophy and Diabetes, and has contributed to many scholarly articles in the SA Journal of Diabetes and the Indian Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, amongst others.

Sebastian Thompson

Sebastian Thompson Sweet Life board
Sebastian Thompson

Sebastian Thompson is a behavioural design practitioner and the co-founder of Gravity Ideas and Lake Innovation, two of South Africa’s most respected behavioural science companies. Sebastian uses the learnings and techniques from the behavioural sciences to better understand users and improve the design of business products, programs, services and communications. He 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

Nobuntu Webster Sweet Life board
Nobuntu Webster

Nobuntu Webster is a recognised business leader and development strategist. Her work over the past 10 years has been focussed on media strategy in the areas of social end economic development. As an entrepreneur, she counts amongst her accolades KZN Businesswoman of the Year 2010 and was a recipient of a KZN Department of Economic Development Umyezane Award in 2009. She was recently selected by the US Embassy in SA and the US Department of State as one of 23 women leaders from around the world to take part in the International Women Leadership Programme. 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

Christelle Pike Sweet Life board
Christelle Pike

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. She worked with Tsebo FS, a leading Southern African Facilities Management company for 9 years, generating private- and public sector-focused marketing material for them. She learned how to plan, compile and disseminate effective communication tailored for a diverse target audience ranging from boardroom level to site staff – with a similar spread of healthcare, retail, education, mining and other sectors. Her husband has diabetes, so she has lived with it for 20 years and understands the many facets of the condition.


Looking for diabetes answers?

You’ll find them on our Diabetes Info page. If there’s a question you have that isn’t answered, please let us know! We’re all in this together: we’re a diabetes community.

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.

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  1. […] For those of you who’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that we started this online community (both here on the blog and on Facebook – Diabetic South Africans) at the same time as we started Sweet Life magazine. It’s been over 5 years, and 20 issues of our free quarterly diabetes lifestyle magazine, and the response from you – our readers – has been amazing. We are constantly told what a relief it is to find a safe space to be able to talk about diabetes, and learn from each other and our amazing Panel of Experts. […]

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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.