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.
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.
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.