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.
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.
The formal banking systems are still not serving, or are underserving, all South Africans.
More and more women are not batting an eyelash at paying hundreds of rands for make-up and cosmetics.
Black-owned businesses are being stymied by the new procurement codes intended to help them.
Starbucks intends to keep prices in its SA shop in line with what it charges internationally, which could spark an increase in retail coffee prices.
Business incubators are not infallible, but many really do bring out the best in a new enterprise.