GUGULETHU MH­LUNGU,

LIFE­STYLE EDITOR AT CITY PRESS AND RA­DIO HOST ON 702 AND CAPE TALK PONTSHO PI­LANE, REPORTER AT MAIL & GUARDIAN

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - REAL LIVES -

With her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in com­mu­nity ra­dio and out­reach projects and an award­win­ning col­umn, Gugulethu is well poised to shed light on the re­al­i­ties of South African women. Pontsho is a 2014 TEDxJo­han­nes­burg 1830 Fel­low, cho­sen to at­tend and take part for her work in cham­pi­oning black wom­an­hood, as well as gen­der, class and racial iden­tity in the me­dia. She writes for Mail & Guardian.

GUGULETHU

‘I am aware of the priv­i­lege – both legally and pro­fes­sion­ally – of be­ing born a woman in South Africa. But all of that doesn’t pro­tect us from the re­al­ity of be­ing women here. We are in con­stant fear of be­ing vi­o­lated, of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence. Black women, es­pe­cially, are at con­stant risk of los­ing con­trol of their bod­ies. Us­ing the means that we have, we are push­ing as best we can. Women have been given a lit­tle more space and are tak­ing gaps where they ex­ist – and where they don’t, they are cre­at­ing them. But that is dif cult, too. We un­der­es­ti­mate on­line abuse. I deal with it mostly on Twit­ter and I’ve had to learn that self-care is it­self an act of rad­i­cal­ism.’ @GugsM

PONTSHO

‘When I cov­ered the ini­tial Fees Must Fall protests for The Daily Vox last year, I was one of the rst peo­ple to call out the pa­tri­archy I was see­ing in the move­ment, but be­cause I’m a woman my re­portage was im­me­di­ately ques­tioned. I had to ght to hold on to my le­git­i­macy. When on as­sign­ment or do­ing el­d­work, I have faced ha­rass­ment and am of­ten un­der­mined as a fe­male reporter, but it has only mo­ti­vated me to push through and keep do­ing what I be­lieve in. Now that I’m in main­stream me­dia, I want to cre­ate nu­anced re­port­ing that tells sto­ries through peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences, to cre­ate the kind of con­tent that I wanted to read and see when I was younger – the kind that cel­e­brates the re­al­i­ties of women who have a sim­i­lar back­ground to me.’ @Pontsho_Pi­lane

GUGULETHU WEARS BLOUSE R459 ZARA; SKIRT R1 000 SUPERELLA; NECK­LACE R299 MANGO; SHOES AND EARRINGS, MODEL’S OWN

PONTSHO WEARS TOP R1 399 TIGER OF SWE­DEN; SKIRT R759, SHOES R559 ALL ZARA; NECK­LACE R349 MANGO

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