DSA News

dsa news spring 2017DSA Port Elizabeth branch news

The Diabetes SA Port Elizabeth branch’s library was started in 1991, when the Port Elizabeth Lions Club donated the first books.

Pat Rhodes was the first librarian. She carried the books in a box to the monthly meetings. Over the years, many more books were obtained and a cupboard was purchased.

Currently, there are 148 books, several DVDs and a variety of magazines, not only back copies of Diabetes Focus but also magazine from overseas countries.

The library is based in Newton Park, where the branch’s main Wellness Group meeting is held. Books are loaned to the Malabar and Springdale Wellness Groups.

The present librarian is Lofaine van Niekerk, who enthusiastically encourages members to expand their knowledge of diabetes by reading. She also keeps strict control of the books and gently reminds those whose books are overdue.

Books may be borrowed, at no cost by all paid-up members, and can be kept for one month. There are books on meal planning ideas, healthy eating, diabetes management as well as recipe books. There are a range of books suited for men, parents of young diabetics, teenagers and children of all ages.      

‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.’

– Joseph Addison

Dates to diarise



Wellness Festival and Run Walk – Sat 11 November, Durban Beach Front Ampitheatre, 1 – 6 pm. 5km Run/Walk; live music, beach hockey, yoga, aerobics and kids’ area. Exhibitors and sponsors welcome. Enquiries at [email protected] or 084 717 7443.



Diabetes Outdoor Family Day for families with children with diabetes – Sat 18 Nov. Speakers and activities for children, sponsors and exhibitors welcome. Enquiries [email protected] or 072 345 0086.


Port Elizabeth Global Diabetes Run/Walk –  Date to be confirmed. R20, 000 sponsorship is needed.


Diabetes Children’s Camp weekend of 20th to 22nd October 2017. Donors and sponsors welcome. Enquiries louise.pywell@gmail.com or 082 451 0706.




Corporate Casual Day “Denim for Diabetes” Awareness Campaign November 2017. Wear an item of denim in exchange for a small donation to support Diabetes SA’s outreach projects i.e. camps and children’s activities for children with diabetes. Community outreach groups into underprivileged communities. Enquiries: [email protected] or 072 345 0086.