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