About me

Hello, I'm Pontsho Pilane I’m mostly known for my work as a journalist. Currently, I’m a senior writer at Health-e News, South Africa's oldest health news agency. I cut my teeth as a health journalist at the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism.

As a sought after speaker, panelist and facilitator, I’ve presented for organizations such the South African National AIDS Council Trust, United Nations Population Fund inaugural Menstrual Health Symposium, Mail & Guardian’s Critical Thinking Forum and the World Breastfeeding Conference.

In 2015, I put forward a policy proposal to Parliament for the provision of free sanitary pads to disadvantaged people who menstruate. I presented it in Parliament in November 2016 and continue to advocate for menstrual health issues. After years of lobbying from myself and many other activists, the South African government announced that sanitary pads will be zero-rated from April 2019. The government will also begin piloting free sanitary pads in three provinces with the intention of evaluating the prospects of a national roll-out of the programme.

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