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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.     
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
The only apparent reason for changing fuel regulations so that a metal can be added is that it serves vested interests.
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?
The high-end coffee shop experience is a huge roastery drawcard as talk of market saturation begins.
​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
South Africans are interested in low fuel consumption and remain loyal to VW, whose cars top the best-seller list as its market share increases.
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
In a country obsessed with Musk’s derring-do, the dawn of the age of the electric car may have begun.
Ten working days lost to traffic jam
Ten working days lost to traffic jam
Each year the average South African loses R7 100 in productivity because they’re stuck in traffic, according to navigation company TomTom.
Cars reveal what you earn - or not
Cars reveal what you earn - or not
Sales figures could be used to figure out who makes up the elusive middle class but not everyone agrees.
SA's ferocious fast food appetite
SA's ferocious fast food appetite
In the face of waning incomes, rising food prices and a weak and volatile currency, the takeaway market is growing.
Competition Tribunal approves merger of struggling DVD/CD providers
Competition Tribunal approves merger of struggling DVD/CD providers
Mass storage devices, downloads and streaming services have killed the market for DVD and CD providers, making a potential "monopoly" irrelevant.
Quick-fix highs help cushion budget lows
Quick-fix highs help cushion budget lows
Tax burdens – even for the rich – may have eased, but inflation will step in to spoil the party.
Municipalities get budget boost
Municipalities get budget boost
But Minister David van Rooyen's unimpressive management of funds in the past casts doubt on his ability to turn around dysfunctional municipalities.
Budget 2016 wrap: A little love for everyone
Budget 2016 wrap: A little love for everyone
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget focused on reining in government expenditure, raising tax revenues and preventing a ratings downgrade.