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Current Awareness 2024: March

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What is current awareness

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

Websites of the month

World Health Organization

TB is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and it most often affects the lungs. TB is spread through the air when people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit. A person needs to inhale only a few germs to become infected.

Every year, 10 million people fall ill with tuberculosis (TB). Despite being a preventable and curable disease, 1.5 million people die from TB each year – making it the world’s top infectious killer.

TB is the leading cause of death of people with HIV and also a major contributor to antimicrobial resistance.

Most of the people who fall ill with TB live in low- and middle-income countries, but TB is present all over the world. About half of all people with TB can be found in 8 countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa.

About a quarter of the global population is estimated to have been infected with TB bacteria, but most people will not go on to develop TB disease and some will clear the infection. Those who are infected but not (yet) ill with the disease cannot transmit it.

People infected with TB bacteria have a 5–10% lifetime risk of falling ill with TB. Those with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobacco, have a higher risk of falling ill.


Human Rights Council

Human Rights and Law Enforcement & Prevention of Torture

The aim of law enforcement officials in South Africa
The South African Human Rights Commission identified seven key strategic focus areas in order to effectively fulfill its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of human rights in South Africa. Each of the Commission’s seven Commissioners are assigned a strategic focus area. The Prevention of Torture and Human Rights in Law Enforcement is identified as a key strategic area.

The Prevention of Torture and Human Rights in Law Enforcement portfolio, headed by Commissioner Danny Titus, has a mandate to promote, protect and monitor the realisation of the civil and political rights associated with law enforcement. The work of the portfolio is informed by the mandate of the Commission, which derives its mandate from the Constitution of South Africa, relevant national legislation and applicable international and regional instruments.




Unisa Open

The following sites on Unisa Open contains useful information for Unisa staff.


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About the monthly awareness page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

Selected noteworthy days in March


1 -30 March 2024

Human Rights Month

21 March 2024

Human Rights Day

Our Constitution is hailed as one of the most progressive in the world. The Constitution is the ultimate protector of our Human Rights, which were previously denied to the majority of our people under Apartheid. We commemorate Human Rights Day to reinforce our commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in our Constitution.

1 - 30 March 2024

Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Month

The theme of World TB Day 2024 - ‘Yes! We can end TB!’ – conveys a message of hope that getting back-on-track to turn the tide against the TB epidemic is possible through high level leadership, increased investments and faster uptake of new WHO recommendations. Following the commitments made by Heads of State at the UN High Level meeting in 2023 to accelerate progress to end TB, this year's focus shifts to turning these commitments into tangible actions.

To help countries scale-up access to TB preventive treatment, WHO will release an investment case on scaling up the roll out of TB preventive treatment.

13 March 2024

Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in March every year.

Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The theme informs events to mark the day and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.

15 March 2024

World Consumer Day

World Consumer Rights Day, celebrated on March 15 every year, is a global event that aims to raise awareness about consumer rights and needs.

21 March 2024

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960.

22 March 2024

World Water Day

25 March 2024

International Day of Remembrance of the victims of slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade



In the media

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Catalytic niche areas

The university has identified ten (10) catalytic niches that will assist the institution in catalysing research, innovation and engaged scholarship These are as follows:

  • Marine studies,
  • Aviation and Aeronautical studies,
  • Automotive,
  • Energy,
  • Space study and Square Kilometer Array,
  • Fourth Industrial revolution and Digitalisation,
  • Natural Sciences (Biotechnological studies),
  • Health Studies/Medicine,
  • Feminist, Womanist, Bosadi Theorizations,
  • Student Support and Co-Curricular activities.

Click on the links below for information on Fourth Industrial Revolution.

 "(("Fourth Industrial Revolution") OR ("4th IR")) AND (Digitalisation)

"("Fourth Industrial Revolution") AND ((Digitalisation) OR ("Digital technology"))" 

 "(("Fourth Industrial Revolution") OR ("4.0 Industrial") OR ("Digital technology")) AND ("South Africa")" 

eBooks on (("Fourth Industrial Revolution") OR ("4.0 Industrial")) AND ("Digital technology")

Dissertations / Thesis on "(("Fourth Industrial Revolution") OR ("4.0 Industrial") OR ("Digital technology") OR (Digitisation) OR ("South Africa"))"

Conference proceedings on (("Fourth Industrial Revolution") OR (Digitisation) OR ("South Africa"))

Global trends in "fourth industrial revolution" digitalisation 

Golden oldie

South African History Online

Human Rights Day is celebrated for the first time in South Africa

This day in history

… Since 1995, Human Rights Day has been a public holiday celebrated in South Africa. It shares the day with the anniversary of the infamous Sharpeville Massacre, which occurred in 1960. This gross violation of human life happened when a march by ordinary South Africans protesting the Pass Laws turned into a police-led bloodbath. The …

South African Constitution: The Bill of Rights


… On 21 March, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day. This day is a commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and how far the nation has come in the protection of fundamental human rights. Today the fundamental rights of South Africans are enshrined in our Constitution under the Bill of Rights. The …

Human Rights Day. (GIED: Celebrating 10 years of Freedom, 2004).

This day in history

International Human Rights Day.

This day in history

American President Reagan, in a speech made on International Human Rights Day, calls on the Pretoria government to engage in ef

This day in history

1960s: The Civil Rights and Black Power movements


… trade unions, self-help groups, social movements, business associations, coalitions and advocacy groups. What are civil rights? Civil rights are the protections and privileges given to all citizens by law. Civil rights are rights given by nations to their citizens within their territorial boundaries. Human rights, on the other hand, are rights that individuals have from birth. In countries like South Africa, the United … and danced a ridiculous jig. This stereotypical image of black inferiority was part of the white popular culture of the day - along with 'Sambos' and 'Coons'. Acts of racial discrimination toward black people were often referred to as Jim Crow …


Looking for upcoming conferences?

If you are looking for forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful: