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.


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.


Survive December 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 festive 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.


[From our archives] Five good reasons to ditch chemical hair relaxers this December

Pontsho Pilane

Black women, beware: your pursuit of straight, silky locks may be detrimental to your health.


Sex work's new tools of the trade

Pontsho Pilane

Peer educators spread the word about HIV prevention one little blue pill at a time


Teachers may be losing the battle of the bulge

Pontsho Pilane

A new study argues a teacher's health habits could influence pupils'choices.


Why treasury won't support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.