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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.
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 
Tools of the trade: Sex workers PrEPed for business
Tools of the trade: Sex workers PrEPed for business
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...
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.
#FeesMustFall: Four tips to protect your eyes during a protest
#FeesMustFall: Four tips to protect your eyes during a protest
#FeesMustFall protests at South African universities look set to continue. Bhekisisa speaks to two eye care specialists, ophthalmologists Eben...
#FeesMustFall: Why are protestors rubbing condoms on their eyes?
#FeesMustFall: Why are protestors rubbing condoms on their eyes?
This week, police officers lobbed stun grenades and teargas at protesting students from the University of the Witwatersrand. In a surprise move,...
Silky strawberry is the best condom fit for South Africans
Silky strawberry is the best condom fit for South Africans
Strong, but thin‚ and with a touch of strawberry. That’s how South Africans like their condoms.