About the blogger
Michelle Beeslaar is homeschool mom of four, aged 10 and under. After 16 years in the public service serving at home and abroad, she resigned in her 30s to start homeschooling when her oldest two started Grade 1. Although a hard decision to leave a career she was passionate about, her one daughter was diagnosed with ADD and mild dyslexia; making homeschool and full-time, hands-on parenting the best family option. Her experience lies in project / stakeholder / event management (state protocol), communication, public relations, research, policy and legislation drafting. Michelle worked for the Western Cape Department of Environmental and Cultural Affairs, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the National School of Government and the Department of Home Affairs. She is also currently a (Politics) postgraduate student at the University of Pretoria. Her study focuses on food safety governance in the wake of the 2017/18 listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, the largest to date in the work. Areas of interest are state security, governance and immigration.
Photo Credit: My own kids at aPublic Park in Pretoria, South Africa, 2020
What to Expect
Opinion Pieces, Interviews with leading sector voices, highlighting and links to current news as it occurs. Focused on mainly security, governance and immigration within South Africa, Africa and broader international context.
Family and Life
Sharing non-professional but real life experiences on marriage, raising children, broader family, personal and professional relationships, family and individual life wellbeing and development.
Providing practical advice and useful links for homeschool parents or those wondering it as an option.
Photo: Husband and daughter on a farm in the Northern Cape, South Africa, 2020
- South Africa, Immigration and Politics in the COVID-19 Pandemic:What does #PutSouthAfricansFirst really mean?A history professor at Harvard University for over 50 years, Oscar Handlin, wrote ‘Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history’. In the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating economic effects reminiscent of the 1930s Great Depression, as SouthContinue reading “South Africa, Immigration and Politics in the COVID-19 Pandemic:What does #PutSouthAfricansFirst really mean?”
- The space between governance, policymaking and science in a pandemicA politician, policymaker and scientist walk into a bar. The policymaker says, ‘The bar is overcrowded and in contravention of regulation 4.1, we’ll need to close the loophole’. The scientist says, ‘Scientifically speaking it’s inevitable that more than 80% of these patrons will contract the virus but our modeling shows less than 1% will die’.Continue reading “The space between governance, policymaking and science in a pandemic”
- In the ashes of COVID19 there’s an opportunity for Active Citizenry to emergeIn an iconic battle scene in Lord of the Rings written by South African born author, J.R.R Tolkien, Frodo asks ‘What are we holding on to?’. Sam responds, ‘That there’s some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for’. On day 55 of lockdown, I am reminded of our President’s words ‘While this measureContinue reading “In the ashes of COVID19 there’s an opportunity for Active Citizenry to emerge”
Photo: Taken with Muntuzane Ramukhesa, 2018
The blogger receives no direct payment for the promotion or mention of any products, events, people, places, organisations or events. The blogger’s studies are funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of Pretoria however all views expressed here are entirely her own. No classified information gained through public service posts are used with all information in the public domain. Interviews conducted or articles shared are done so with personal consent having been obtained first. Only links to news, organisational or official government websites are included without written consent. Where personal or professional links or benefits exist or specific highlighting occurs at a direct request to blogger; these will be acknowledged.