Thalia is a business reporter for the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Swaziland and lived in the US before returning to South Africa. She studied a degree in marketing and followed it with another in English literature and psychology before further confusing things by becoming a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) consultant. After spending five years hearing the surprised exclamation, "But you're white!", she decided to pursue her latent passion for journalism. She spent a year as an intern for the M&G before joining the business desk. She hasn't looked back since.
In the face of waning incomes, rising food prices and a weak and volatile currency, the takeaway market is growing.
Mass storage devices, downloads and streaming services have killed the market for DVD and CD providers, making a potential "monopoly" irrelevant.
Tax burdens – even for the rich – may have eased, but inflation will step in to spoil the party.
But Minister David van Rooyen's unimpressive management of funds in the past casts doubt on his ability to turn around dysfunctional municipalities.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget focused on reining in government expenditure, raising tax revenues and preventing a ratings downgrade.
Smaller firms are concerned that SABMiller’s merger with a Coca-Cola division to form CCBSA may freeze them out of shelf space at retailers.
Touted as the great equaliser, analysts are not unanimous that access to the internet will liberate South Africans.
South Africa is in an impossible position and all eyes are on the finance minister to find a way out and prevent a downgrade to junk status.
Some say the dating app is only good for casual sex – but it’s also good for $400-million.
The homestay website has taken off in South Africa, with locals opening up their houses to visitors to make extra cash.