Diabetes Focus | Summer 2022

Dear members and friends,

For Diabetes South Africa, as with many, 2022 has been a long and difficult year with various challenges.
As the year draws near to a close, I’m hopeful that 2023 is going to be a positive period with improvements in our health, work and pockets. I hope, as we all do, that things will improve in the near future.
I’m excited to tell you that I have been sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation, of whom DSA is a member, to attend the World Diabetes Congress in Lisbon, Portugal from 5 to 8 December 2022.
I’m very eager to find out about new technologies and medications which could assist us with treatment and management of diabetes. I will also be investigating what other diabetes organisations from around the globe have been doing to assist people with diabetes.
I will let you know any interesting and encouraging information which I learn whilst I’m interacting with 230 diabetes organisations from all over the world.
It’s great to hear what others are doing and what we can learn from them and apply in our South African communities.
We have so many interesting articles for you this issue. I hope you will take the time to read them.
Wishing you well over the festive season.

Yours in Health

Margot McCumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa

cover 2022 AtoZ Your Journey
DSA Membership Call to Action 2021


It’s time to get logging

Diabetes data at your fingertips doesn’t just provide ease of access, it can also lead

Gummy Vites – Sugar-free treats for kids

Gummy Vites is here to help you reduce your child’s exposure to artificial and added

aQuellé – have a heart for diabetes

Diabetes is the second leading cause of natural deaths in South Africa. 227 people die


Tshepo Howza Mosese – Making the change

Kwaito singer and TV actor, Tshepo Howza Mosese, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age

Thapi Semenya – Passionate about advocacy

We chat to Thapi Semenya, who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 16

Cecilia Gyan – Newly diagnosed

Cecilia Gyan has been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She shares how she has

Go-getter Jones

Thato Jones has his eyes set on a rugby career after matric. He shares how




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