Health-e is proud to welcome Pontsho Pilane as a senior writer for Health-e News. She has won multiple awards including the 2018 Discovery Health Journalist of the Year award. Pontsho is interested in exploring how gender, race and class intersect with healthcare.
In 2015, she put forward a policy proposal to the Parliament of South Africa for the provision of free sanitary pads to disadvantaged people who menstruate.
She presented it in Parliament in November 2016 and continues to advocate for menstrual health issues through her work as a journalist and activist. She holds holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from University of Witwatersrand.
Meanwhile, Masutane Modjadji, the manager of Health-e’s citizen journalist project, OurHealth, has been selected to be part of a 2018 Media Management Skills programme promoted by the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) and delivered by Frayintermedia.
The programme is part of SANEF’s efforts to increase the presence of women leaders in the media in South Africa through, among others, online training, a Wits University Media Management Certificate and targeted training
It is supported by a grant from the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) Seta.
The Frayintermedia media management skills programme has been delivered in over 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA regions.