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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:

Pretoria diabetes specialists:

Boksburg diabetes specialist:


Secunda diabetes specialists:

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: ophthamologist


Durban diabetes specialists:

Pietermaritzburg diabetes specialists:

Hilton diabetes specialist:

Free State

Welkom diabetes specialist:

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth diabetes specialist:

East London diabetes specialist:

  • Dr Sean Murray
  • Unathi Daweti: diabetes nurse educator
    She is the best…

Western Cape

Cape Town diabetes specialists:

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  1. Nick Hagemeier Nick Hagemeier

    Dr.Colyn Internist Medi Clinic Welkom

  2. Ms N.L.Matikinca Ms N.L.Matikinca

    Thanksfor the info.why theres only 1specialist in P.E.
    Pls supply us more doctors.

    • I would love to! These are all sourced from our diabetes community, so I’m hoping there are more people with diabetes in PE who can offer their suggestions 🙂


    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!

  4. 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.

    • What a lovely message, thank you Louis! You made my day 🙂
      You’re right – we’re all in this together…

  5. 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

    • Oh that sounds dreadful, Heather! I’m not based in Durban but I know that Jenny Russell from Diabetes SA in Durban knows all there is to know about diabetes in Durbs. Email me on and I’ll put you in touch with her.

  6. Yonela Tukwayo Yonela Tukwayo

    Unathi Daweti, diabetes nurse educator in East London is the best…

    • Hi Yonela!
      Thanks so much for this recommendation – do you have a phone number / address / email for Unathi Daweti? Can’t find anything online.

      • Unati Daweti Unati Daweti

        Hi. This is Unati, my office number is 043 722 1995, office address is 211 Oxford Street, Room 1, 1st floor. Sibaya Sempilo building, east london, next to chicken licken in southernwood.
        Thanks Yonela

  7. Sheri Crous Sheri Crous

    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!

  8. Pieter Pieter

    Dr Lizl Smith

    Tel: 012 752 8866

    Suite 207 Medical center
    Life Groenkloof Hospital

  9. 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

      • Alta Alta

        Across from Sunward park hospital is a diabetic clinic.

  10. Hlobi Hlobi

    Hi Everyone

    Any diabetes specialist in Newcastle?

    • Hosni Hosni

      At Madadeni Hospital

  11. Aphiwe Aphiwe

    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?

    • 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!

  12. I need an endocrinologist (diabetes) in Margate/ to Pietermaritzburg area and urgent appointment for Monday 21 January 2019. Can you please assist

  13. Belinda Schutte Belinda Schutte

    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… ?

      • Zanele Zanele

        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.

  14. Phillemon monametsi Phillemon monametsi

    I am phillemon monametsi admitted at fern crest rustenburg.i am chronic on from 19 may I have been admitted in hospital..eversince know I am stuck too weak on hospital as sugar and blood pressure are too high.

  15. Rita Rita

    Good Morning, I have just been diagonised with Diabites, Please help

    • So sorry you’ve just been diagnosed! The best place to start is by reading up on diabetes info – – you can search for specific questions and get answers. And join our Facebook community ( to ask any questions and get support. You’re not alone in this!

    • We are a dynamic team of Health/Weightloss Coaches working with Dr. Liz Hart as our Mentor/Teacher.
      We have a Healthy Life Style Programme for the whole family – we see people in need of not losing weight AND keeping it down BUT by living healthy people can overcome ill health by changing their life style. Obese Children in SA is no. 1 in the world. For the first time in history we can outlive our CHILDREN.

      PLEASE CONTACT US.. You can use our details. Thank you

  16. Hosni Hosni

    Dr Sundeep Bhana Gauteng
    Dr R Mohan Pietermaritzburg KZN

  17. hi im dikeledi my husband is diabetic and he is not taking any treatment he just buy medicines and drink them he doesnt want to go to the nearest clinic i think he doesnt take it serious about it what should i do

    • Hi Dikeledi,
      Please tell him he must go to the clinic – maybe go with him? If he looks after himself (goes to the clinic, takes treatment, eats the right food) he can live a long, healthy life. But if he ignores it diabetes can lead to amputation and blindness and kidney failure. Ask him to think of you and your future together and go to a doctor. Good luck!

  18. Ayesha Seedat Ayesha Seedat

    Hi, I would like to recommend Dr Yasmin Ganie, she’s a pediatric endocrinologist at gateway private hospital and Ahmed al kadi hospital. Excellent doctor

  19. Naledi Naledi

    Hi, My Mom has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. can i please get help on recommending the best diabetes doctor in Rustenburg North West. her feet are tingling and her throat hurts, she coughs non stop, she has lost a ton of weight. any help will be appreciated.

    Thank you!

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