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Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane is a health journalist at the Mail & Guardian. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she wrote primarily about gender, race and how they intersect. She was previously a general news reporter at the M&G. Pilane holds two degrees in media studies from Wits University.
Could six injections a year protect you from HIV infection?
Could six injections a year protect you from HIV infection?
A clinical trial expected to start in Cape Town this year will pit a...
Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips
Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips
The children are out of school, the bags are packed, and you've finished shopping for the family's festive gifts and now it's time to hit the...
Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?
Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?
Lethabo Makhubu, 5, is standing in front of his mother’s computer searching for a familiar face on the internet. He clicks through the pictures...
[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December
[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December
This week, learners at Pretoria High School for Girls 
Sex work's new tools of the trade
Sex work's new tools of the trade
Every morning, Mandisa Khumalo* (37) gets out of bed, brushes her teeth and cleans her house. After she's sent her two children off to school, she...
Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge
Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge
Almost 80% of Western Cape primary school teachers could be overweight or obese, according to results from a study published recently in the 
The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births
The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births
South Africa’s rate of Caesarean sections is more than seven times the World Health Organisation recommended average.
Women can now inject themselves with 'the shot' at home
Women can now inject themselves with 'the shot' at home
Regular visits to clinics for injectable contraception could soon be a thing of the past as new research may pave the way for take-home jabs.
Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother's choice, not her doctor's
Caesarean vs vaginal birth: A mother's choice, not her doctor's
On a Sunday morning in Johannesburg in June, a heavily pregnant Zodwa Mahlangu* woke up planning to go to church. Mahlangu was not due to have her...
Denying the right to die may be state-sanctioned torture, legal body says
Denying the right to die may be state-sanctioned torture, legal body says
Refusing a terminally ill patient the right to die should be considered state-sanctioned torture, says the head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies....
A guide to ‘alternative menstruation’: Save money and the world during your period
A guide to ‘alternative menstruation’: Save money and the world during your period
Whether you’re looking to save cash or the planet, there’s a way to get around pricey traditional sanitary pads and tampons.