Helmo has a B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.A. (Economics), B.Com. (Business Economics), B.Sc. Hons (Operations Research) and M. Phil. (Marketing Research).
He has been a journalist since 1996 and has written for The BRICS Post (UK), Nerve (Nigeria), Cape Business News (SA), Business Day (SA), Business Report (SA), Star (SA), Grocott's Mail (SA) and I-Net Bridge (SA).