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.


Loophole could protect South African organisations from US gag rule on abortions

Pontsho Pilane

Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration.


#FeesMustFall: Wits failed to provide healthcare and police targeted first responders

Pontsho Pilane

New report echoes the warnings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and says police and schools must plan for protests.


[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school

Bhekisisa can reveal Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science after lodging a Freedom of Information request.


The ABCs of autism in the classroom: 'He only wants to eat sandwiches with cheese'

Pontsho Pilane

Autistic children experience the world differently, but this doesn’t stop them from learning.


Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?

Pontsho Pilane

By the age of 10, children’s ideas about gender, relationships and violence are largely set in stone.


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.