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.


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.


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.