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Thalia Holmes

Thalia Holmes

Thalia is a freelance business reporter for the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Swaziland and lived in the US before returning to South Africa.She got a cum laude 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, and joined the M&G in 2012. The next year, she won the Brandhouse Journalist of the Year Award, the Brandhouse Best Online Award and was chosen as one of five finalists from Africa for the German Media Development Award. In 2014, she and a colleague won the Standard Bank Sivukile Multimedia Award. She now writes and edits for various publications, but her heart still belongs to the M&G.     
Turkey's credit downgrade could be a bad omen for South Africa
Turkey's credit downgrade could be a bad omen for South Africa
Emerging economies looked on, clutching one another’s arms and grimacing, as their Turkish peer was dealt its junk status blow by rating agency...
​#DataMustFall – how cellphone giants are milking you
​#DataMustFall – how cellphone giants are milking you
South African cellphone giants are not only charging higher prices for data than those in other developing countries but, in general, they are also...
Uber cited as example of the sharing economy, but its vast revenues suggest otherwise
Uber cited as example of the sharing economy, but its vast revenues suggest otherwise
A new generation of start-ups has sent the world into a frenzy. At the forefront of the movement – like a flaunting, radiant cover model – is...
The rumoured sale of just part of the Guptas' Optimum Coal beggars belief
The rumoured sale of just part of the Guptas' Optimum Coal beggars belief
With the Guptas’ recent announcement that they will have sold all their South African assets by year end, most analysts predicted they would be...
​Why Parliament should move to Pretoria, and why Capetonians want it to stay put
​Why Parliament should move to Pretoria, and why Capetonians want it to stay put
The Economic Freedom Fighters eliminated the political agenda in the “move Parliament to Pretoria” debate when it helped the Democratic...
Gupta firms, to be sold by December this year, could go for a song
Gupta firms, to be sold by December this year, could go for a song
Market commentators and competitors argue that the Gupta companies, bereft of their current owners’ political connections, will be a shadow of...
Suggested changes to petrol could cause serious damage to cars, have health risks
Suggested changes to petrol could cause serious damage to cars, have health risks
Proposed changes to petroleum regulations means South Africans won’t have a metal-free fuel, resulting in damage to vehicles and more pollutents...
Emerging markets have seen a boom in coffee consumption, but has SA hit its peak?
Emerging markets have seen a boom in coffee consumption, but has SA hit its peak?
If you were a coffee snob on a road trip in South Africa 10 years ago, you would have faced long stretches of drought. You would have been miserably...
​VW fights to survive after emissions scandal, but it’s business as usual in SA
​VW fights to survive after emissions scandal, but it’s business as usual in SA
It’s dealt all but a fatal blow to the Volkswagen brand. VW’s so-called diesel dupe saw the world’s best-selling vehicle manu­facturer post...
Tesla’s new Model 3 may finally convince Musk-crazy SA to drink the electric Kool-Aid
Tesla’s new Model 3 may finally convince Musk-crazy SA to drink the electric Kool-Aid
He struggled through childhood, was repulsed by the “jockish white Afrikaner culture” at Pretoria Boy’s High and made a run for North America...
Ten working days lost to traffic jam
Ten working days lost to traffic jam
Its annual traffic index, which uses road data collected from TomTom users around the world, shows that South Africans spend an average of 10...
Cars reveal what you earn - or not
Cars reveal what you earn - or not
There’s an argument that car ownership is a measure of the middle class.