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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.
South Africa is placed on alert for ‘superbug’ as drug-resistant yeast infections rise globally
South Africa is placed on alert for ‘superbug’ as drug-resistant yeast infections rise globally
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has warned doctors and...
Government rape counselling services saved just weeks from slated closure
Government rape counselling services saved just weeks from slated closure
Counselling services at many of the country’s centres for rape survivors set to scale down or close in a matter of weeks have be given a...
Sex workers say police destroyed HIV meds and withheld medical care after raids
Sex workers say police destroyed HIV meds and withheld medical care after raids
Sex workers have accused Emalahleni police of destroying their HIV treatment and denying them access to medical attention in jail. The...
The female condom showdown: Lovers Plus Inner Condom, the Cupid and the V
The female condom showdown: Lovers Plus Inner Condom, the Cupid and the V
The South African department of health is making female condoms 
The female condom: Soft, stimulating and sexy sheaths open up a new world for couples
The female condom: Soft, stimulating and sexy sheaths open up a new world for couples
Lineo Danke* closes her eyes to better concentrate on inserting the female condom, much as she would a tampon. The condom is 17cm long and made out...
Pretty dangerous: Five good reasons to love and care for your natural hair
Pretty dangerous: Five good reasons to love and care for your natural hair
This week, learners at Pretoria High School for Girls 
Almost half of centres for rape survivors may lose funding for counselling services
Almost half of centres for rape survivors may lose funding for counselling services
Almost 50% of government’s service centres for rape survivors may be without counsellors after September after international funding for the...
Mbali Ntuli: 'In politics, our professionalism is tied into the way we dress'
Mbali Ntuli: 'In politics, our professionalism is tied into the way we dress'
During physical education class, 10-year-old Mbali Ntuli would be given a head start during races and she would be cautioned about climbing trees...
The Mail and Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive
The Mail and Guardian apologises: Our Malema tweets were misleading and offensive
On Thursday night the following tweets went out from the Mail & Guardian’s official Twitter account:
​#SliceofLife: Erin Marney bends it like Beckham on the Under 11 soccer field
​#SliceofLife: Erin Marney bends it like Beckham on the Under 11 soccer field
It was prize-giving night at my school and we were told that our soccer team had to attend. I knew that meant we were going to get something – an...
Ekurhuleni locals from all walks of life concur: Don’t neglect us after the election
Ekurhuleni locals from all walks of life concur: Don’t neglect us after the election
For residents of Katlehong, which means “the place of success” in Sesotho, there is evidence that government has been working. Yet people still...