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Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane is a health journalist at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's health journalism centre. 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.
Ignored and sent home in a barrow
Ignored and sent home in a barrow
The corridors of the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital ring hollowly. There is no staff in sight, except for two security guards patrolling each ward...
Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa
Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa
South Africa has slashed its maternal mortality death ratios in public health hospitals by almost a third (29%) within seven years. Between 2009...
#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones
#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones
It was just after midnight, on his 58th birthday, when Ronnie van Neel woke up. The 12 metrical gongs of the grandfather clock in the lounge were...
Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women's bodies?
Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women's bodies?
In December, Nomthandazo Zulu* was excited. She would be welcoming a baby in the new year and, after an earlier miscarriage, was relieved the...
PrEPing young women for the HIV prevention pill
PrEPing young women for the HIV prevention pill
The sun begins to set as Alwande Khoza* returns home from her second clinic visit in just over a week. She lives in a student commune in a quiet...
#FeesMustFall: Wits failed to provide healthcare and police targeted first responders
#FeesMustFall: Wits failed to provide healthcare and police targeted first responders
Police officers acted with unjustified and excessive force when responding to last year's #FeesMustFall protests at Wits University, reveals...
[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school
[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school
Embattled former Gauteng Health MEC is not a registered student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as previously alleged...
The ABCs of autism in the classroom: 'He only wants to eat sandwiches with cheese'
The ABCs of autism in the classroom: 'He only wants to eat sandwiches with cheese'
It is a warm Monday morning in Braamfontein's withering summer. The first school bell has rung and the corridors have emptied.
Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?
Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?
If you're waiting until your children become teenagers to talk to them about sex and gender, it may be too late, recently released research has found....
Five things you didn't know about human milk banks
Five things you didn't know about human milk banks
“Breast is best” has become a mantra ever since the World Health Organisation recommended that mothers feed babies nothing but breast...
'I would buy the HIV home test because it's easier than being disrespected by nurses'
'I would buy the HIV home test because it's easier than being disrespected by nurses'
It’s been almost two years since the South African Pharmacy Council approved the over-the-counter sale of HIV self-testing kits. The kits are...