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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.
Time could be up for sexual offenders who have escaped justice
Time could be up for sexual offenders who have escaped justice
It took more than three decades for Gavin Hendricks to come to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered during his teenage years and lay charges...
'I would have killed myself': Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips
'I would have killed myself': Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips
One Friday night in April, Bianca Jonkers, her boyfriend and his cousin visited a local tavern for a fun night out. Jonkers, who prefers not to use...
Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old offenses
Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old offenses
The Johannesburg High Court will today hear a court case – brought by eight men and women – that could overturn a law allowing sex offenders to...
Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars
Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars
Governments in sub-Saharan Africa sentenced at least 1 083 people to death in 2016 – more than double the 443 people condemned to die in 2015,...
If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?
If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?
In the same week that former newspaper columnist and ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane's hate speech case was heard in the high court, Western Cape...
National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use
National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use
South Africa is expected to release its new national HIV strategy later this month. In a country that continues to battle the world's largest HIV...
This is what a feminist looks like
This is what a feminist looks like
It was a Friday afternoon at school and the learners were doing their weekly cleaning of the classroom. As usual, the boys were trying to get out...
#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads
#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads
In the summer of 2009, Ntombi Dlamini got her period for the first time. Dlamini, who was 13 years old at the time, wasn't excited about this new...
Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons
Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons
Water births are increasingly popular in South Africa and are billed as a calmer, more natural way to bring your baby into the world. But, decades...
Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?
Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?
On a cold Monday morning in June, Anele Nzimande (23) prepared herself for what she considered one of the defining moments of her life. It was a...
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...