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.


If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Journalism does not begin or end with free speech, we have an ethical obligation not to give platform for abhorrent views in the name of free speech.


National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Pontsho Pilane

Contraception may be finally coming to a secondary school near you.


This is what a feminist looks like

Pontsho Pilane

Rape culture doesn't start when a rape is committed. It is built in slow steps in everyday events that help normalise gender-based violence.


#FreeToBleed: The struggle of being too poor to afford pads

Pontsho Pilane

Choosing between eating and bleeding through your school uniform comes at a cost.


Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons

Pontsho Pilane

More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?


Could this birth trend make for more serene deliveries?

Pontsho Pilane

Water births are a growing phenomenon in South Africa and globally. But this birth method is controversial – scientific evidence is lacking.


Free pads: 'KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their periods'

Pontsho Pilane

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?


Could six injections a year protect you from HIV infection?

Pontsho Pilane

A new injectable drug could change the face of HIV prevention and the revolution might start right here in South Africa.


[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Survive the Easter on SA's roads with these four tips

Pontsho Pilane

Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this Easter season.


Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Pontsho Pilane

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.