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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.
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...
When he won’t say yes to a condom, maybe you should say yes to this pill
When he won’t say yes to a condom, maybe you should say yes to this 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...
If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse Helen Zille?
If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse 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...
Bridging the gap between ‘academese’ and our mother tongues
Bridging the gap between ‘academese’ and our mother tongues
For these young Batswana feminists, the academic terminology that has been popularised in online-driven social activism is useful but limited....