Bucs needed a positive start to 2016 after a poor first half of the season, opening their Absa Premiership year by hosting Dikwena in Soweto.
Stars got two corner-kicks, but Bucs managed to clear both set-pieces. Pirate built possession but didn’t make any inroads.
In the 18th minute captain Thabo Matlaba unleashed a low shot that was just wide. Mbongeni Mzimela then stopped Matlaba when he pushed forward once again soon after.
The pressure told when midfielder Issa Sarr was unmarked in the box after 35 minutes, finishing his chance for the opening goal.
Pirates attempted to step up but Platinum Stars contained them very well before half-time.
After 49 minutes Ndumiso Mabena scored the equaliser with a good header from Tintswalo Tshabalala’s free-kick.
Bucs coach Eric Tinkler made his first change in the 57th minute pulling out Mpho Makola and introducing Thabo Qalinge.
Sarr should have restored Pirates’ lead in 67th minute when he connected with Kermit Erasmus’ header, but his effort went inches wide of the upright with Mzimela well-beaten.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Stars captan Vuyo Mere received his bookable offensive and he was sent off the pitch.
Former SuperSport United star Erasmus cut inside from the left in the 83rd minute and unlashed a shot which was easily saved by Stars goal-minder Mzimela.
Stars were able to contain Pirates in the remaining minutes and the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate.