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.


Five things you didn't know about human milk banks

Pontsho Pilane

We take a look at some of the unlikely customers hitting up SA's breast milk banks.


'I would buy the HIV home test because it's easier than being disrespected by nurses'

Nelisiwe Msomi, Pontsho Pilane

South Africa is one of about three dozen countries that supports HIV self-testing, but will it catch on? Here's what people who live here had to say.


Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Pontsho Pilane

It's not right that only black voices in health stories are those patients. Black medical researchers must also be heard in the media space.


If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Aids has taught South Africans why denialism can't be tolerated – whether it comes from Thabo Mbeki or Helen Zille.


Time could be up for sexual offenders who have escaped justice

Pontsho Pilane, Carl Collison

A test lawsuit will determine whether the time limit on reporting sexual assault will be lifted.


'I would have killed myself': Free app puts care at rape survivors’ fingertips

Pontsho Pilane

In Diepsloot, Bhekisisa's Vimba! app is helping rape survivors access life-saving care and treatment.


Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old offenses

Pontsho Pilane

Eight men and women may change the law and pave the way to justice and healing for thousands.


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


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.