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.
If stimulus measures move over to the eurozone, it could spell a slight respite for South Africa's beleaguered currency.
Retired judge Bernard Ngoepe's diagnostic skills will be put to the test as South Africa's first tax ombud.
Sky-high salaries for top executives are one thing, but shares and dividends push overall incomes far higher.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has launched the office of the tax ombud, which will be run by retired judge Bernard Ngoepe.
A recently published book shows the top-paid chief executive in the country earned R190-million in 2012 - almost 2 400 times the average salary.
Trade and tax data have improved the outlook marginally, but consumer spending remains cautious.
Infighting and competition concerns have seen healthcare guidelines changing constantly.
Once, having a smartphone had snob value. Now you can get one for as little as R500, and the choices are increasing.
Numsa's first attempt to mobilise a cross-platform movement in the left wing highlighted some of the cracks that could widen and deepen with time.
Fractures in Cosatu and Numsa's ambitions could see increased disputes and spiralling strike action.