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.
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.
South Africans don't save, so they will no longer be allowed to cash in their pensions before retirement age
State insurer Sasria saw an increase in profit last year despite platinum workers downing tools for five months.
The 'me' generation's self-absorption is playing into the hands of big business and savvy brands.
The fall in prices of commodities, which are South Africa's lifeline, will offset lower fuel costs.
Nicole Fritz and Priti Patel's young institution has recently scored major victories in protecting the rights of people in Southern Africa
With Steinhoff trading at a discount, the Pepkor swop has given Christo Wiese long-term value.