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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.     
SA watches as brokers fight it out
SA watches as brokers fight it out
In the United States, brokers are waging a fight to the bone for customers. Their weapon is fees.
Clampdowns in Africa carry a big cost
Clampdowns in Africa carry a big cost
The tactics of the Tanzanian government are still a far cry from the old-school, die-hard tactics in some other countries, where the government...
Online tax hurts the poor
Online tax hurts the poor
A wave of online censorship is affecting more than public discourse. It’s costing some Africans at least 10% of their incomes and seeing...
How not to outlive your cash
How not to outlive your cash
It may be decades from now or just a year or two, but we all eventually receive our last pay cheque. Once you’ve packed up your desk, it’s time...
Fees can reduce retirement savings
Fees can reduce retirement savings
I recently came across a concept called optimism bias. Ever heard of it? It’s also referred to as the “illusion of invulnerability”. Simply...
[LONG READ]: Why do parents abandon their babies?
[LONG READ]: Why do parents abandon their babies?
Women wearing weekend heels and fake lashes teeter out of smoky nightclubs, arm in arm. Drunken partygoers in stovepipe pants skulk against walls,...
The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again
The future of water: From your toilet to your tap and back again
Water bursts from a brass spout with violent urgency. It foams through the tap angrily and on to a sprawling field. The stream fans out, forming...
Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe
Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe
It’s an unusually cool morning in early January in Lusaka in Zambia.
New kids disrupt SA banking
New kids disrupt SA banking
Capitec boasted the ultimate David and Goliath moment this year when it officially overtook Nedbank as the country’s fourth-largest bank by...
Index funds rocking in hard places
Index funds rocking in hard places
Investors who have been searching for ways to make healthy returns on their investments, without having to pay a chunk of their profit in fees to a...
Rent or buy: The debate rages on
Rent or buy: The debate rages on
‘South African friends: Rent property or buy, and why?” I typed on Facebook last week. It seemed an innocent question. I was not prepared for...
Lobolo: Saving for the price of love
Lobolo: Saving for the price of love
The rule of thumb when investing is to separate matters of money and affairs of the heart, but there’s one big exception to that: lobolo.