Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane is a health journalist at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's health journalism centre. 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.


Why is this 290-bed North West hospital catering for just 19 patients?

Pontsho Pilane

‘As doctors, we've advised each other to discharge stable patients and explain to there is nothing we can do.’


One in three people surveyed report being sexually abused by police

Pontsho Pilane

Sex workers tell of being tortured, including being beaten with sjamboks.


Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal?


#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.


Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women's bodies?

Pontsho Pilane

Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.


PrEPing young women for the HIV prevention pill

Pontsho Pilane

This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.


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.