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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.
Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?
Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?
It was a sunny afternoon in May when Lulama Shongwe made her way to the University of...
Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes
Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is preparing to be taken to court as he continues to propose changes in the healthcare system that could cost...
Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn
Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn
On a hot summer day in December, Limpho Malebina Shale gave birth to her son at Makoanyane Military Hospital in Lesotho’s capital,...
Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West
Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West
The singing stopped when the six men lifted the coffin to their hips to carry it from the small marquee tent to the hearse waiting in front of the...
Why is this 290-bed North West hospital catering for just 19 patients?
Why is this 290-bed North West hospital catering for just 19 patients?
The National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has threatened to make its strike in North West a national issue if Premier...
One in three sex workers surveyed report being sexually abused by police
One in three sex workers surveyed report being sexually abused by police
Nosipho Vidima arrived at work at around seven o’clock that evening. The streets of Morningside in Durban were still bustling with people driving...
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...