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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.     
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.
Africa is fertile ground for fintech
Africa is fertile ground for fintech
Fintech in Africa is generating some of the loudest buzz and attracting the brightest minds and most generous budgetary allocations the continent has...
How to put your money into Big Tech
How to put your money into Big Tech
I spent the past week “playing in the USA” from the comfort of my laptop in Johannesburg. And no, I didn’t go on a virtual gambling spree. I...
High cost of get-rich-quick scams
High cost of get-rich-quick scams
In August 2015, Angel Mkhize* had resigned from her job and withdrawn her R750 000 pension fund. She was looking for somewhere to invest her...
Fill ’er up with manganese
Fill ’er up with manganese
Motorists, be warned: the “unleaded” fuel you are putting in your vehicle could soon contain metal. Regulations to the Petroleum Act released...
Nurturing the yolk in your nest egg
Nurturing the yolk in your nest egg
The previous two #investmentMatters articles gave an insight into retirement: how much you need to save, and the ins and outs of living annuities....
Retirement? Just forget about it!
Retirement? Just forget about it!
Saving for retirement is like trying to solve a tough maths problem – one that few South Africans have succeeded in doing.
Match your annuity and expiry date
Match your annuity and expiry date
Retirement, the moment you have spent the past 40 years working towards, is, when reached, often overwhelming or downright terrifying. After all,...
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
With two-thirds of its jobs at risk of replacement by robots, the South African economy is shifting towards services. But some say this deindustrialisation is premature: an economy trying to run before it can walk....
No place in the sun for BEE funds
No place in the sun for BEE funds
Most people buy into the idea that a more inclusive economy is one that is stable, better geared for growth and yields more wealth. But when did...
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
The committee reviewing the country’s tax system has called for submissions on possible forms of wealth tax, despite the tax revenue already...