Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane is an award-winning journalist interested in health, gender, race and how they intersect. She holds three degrees in media studies and journalism from Wits University

Health workers afraid of passing Covid to family

While nurses bear the brunt of the most psychologically affected of health workers, most are concerned about access to protective supplies

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

Forgotten people of Platfontein

Public consultations for the country’s new health Bill show how language barriers can keep healthcare away from those who need it

Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients

Pregnant? Need an abortion? Here’s where not to go

Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?

#FreeToBleed: ‘A pool of blood gushed down my thighs. My white socks were red.’

Shame doesn't start when menstruation begins. It is built in slow steps.

SA needs R4-billion to fight this killer virus you may never have heard of

Newer, lifesaving drugs for South Africa's "silent" killer aren't yet available in the country.

‘Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids’

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue.

Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?

An international drug maker may have intentionally muscled out local competition to win the bulk of a national birth control tender.

Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

‘I can’t mention who are the parties I am expecting litigation from but I can assure I know who they are.'

Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn

A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.

Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West

A month after she was wheeled out of a North West hospital in a barrow, Ntombizodwa Matthews met her end. Her family blames politics for her death.

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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