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.
Business incubators are not infallible, but many really do bring out the best in a new enterprise.
The Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery retail sector goes beyond exclusive property clauses.
Jo'burg's fresh produce business is the lifeblood of farmers, hawkers, wholesalers and exporters.
The Balalaika hotel in Johannesburg is breaking new ground, focusing on opportunities for hearing-impaired workers.
Analysts and unions say the bloated unemployment insurance fund should be used to increase payouts rather than as a reason to reduce contributions.
Economists say the government's moves to bar noncitizens from buying agricultural property in South Africa are short-sighted.
Although the individual increases are not large, they add up to a real squeeze.
The finance minister announced treasury’s intention to reduce the main budget expenditure ceiling by R25-billion over the next two years.
Aside from the usual rise in sin taxes, petrol, electricity and income tax are going up, while small businesses are getting some reprieve.
The lights are going out but the power utility defends its generous pay to its executives.