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.
A strengthened rand and an increase in investor confidence follows the finance minister’s policy statement which has been welcomed by many economists.
South Africa has reached an economic crossroads and the finance minister has outlined a three-point plan that is going to affect everyone.
The potential of mobile-linked banking transactions is huge – but they must be cheap.
The platinum strike, rising inflation and other factors have contributed to a "bleak outlook for consumer spending", according to a new report.
An attempt by Seifsa to enforce a lockout among its members could indicate a high level of nervousness on behalf of employers, say analysts.
Analysts say the company’s biggest shareholders cannot afford to let it fail.
Online shopping is increasing rapidly in South Africa, but financiers need deep pockets.
The country's booming use of unmanned aerial vehicles is on ice while new laws are drafted.
The government is taking a number of steps to reduce the cost of doing business in the country, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
Experts are at odds over the new investment Bill - some say it will scare off foreign investors while others have decried the uproar.