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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.
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...
Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips
Survive December on SA's roads with these four tips
The children are out of school, the bags are packed, and you've finished shopping for the family's festive gifts and now it's time to hit the...
Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?
Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?
Lethabo Makhubu, 5, is standing in front of his mother’s computer searching for a familiar face on the internet. He clicks through the pictures...
[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December
[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December
This week, learners at Pretoria High School for Girls 
Sex work's new tools of the trade
Sex work's new tools of the trade
Every morning, Mandisa Khumalo* (37) gets out of bed, brushes her teeth and cleans her house. After she's sent her two children off to school, she...
Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge
Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge
Almost 80% of Western Cape primary school teachers could be overweight or obese, according to results from a study published recently in the