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Current Awareness Archive: Aug2015

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.

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Website of the Month

Websites of the Month: Celebrating Women's Month

How empowering women can help address child labour

A key cocoa buyer in Cote d’Ivoire, Nestlé has been working with the government, with partners and suppliers through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to reduce the risk of children doing difficult or dangerous work on cocoa farms owned by their families.

International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)

Established in 2002, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is the leading organisation promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities



 Department of Women

To accelerate socio-economic transformation and implementation for women’s empowerment and participation through oversight, monitoring, evaluation and influencing policy.

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About the Monthly Current 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.

August 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in August

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31 Jul-2 Aug: South African Book Fair with the theme #DiscoverYourBookself

1 Aug: Minister Naledi Pandor launches National Science Week

9 Aug: National Women's Day

9 Aug: International Day of the World's Indigenous People

13 Aug: International Lefthanders Day

19 Aug: World Humanitarian Day, dedicated to humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes

29 Aug: The International Day against Nuclear Tests

30 Aug: The International Day of the Disappeared, drawing attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions

31 Aug: African Traditional Medicine Day

In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere

In the Media

Southern Rights spotted in False Bay: unbelievable underwater photos

Countries in tourism crisis: Should SA be on your bucket list?

Snow pics: This is how cold it's been across SA

From an impala birth to lions feasting - Another SA Instagrammer shares his best wildlife moments

E-tolls: Legal glitch halts licence discs being withheld

Time to halt BEEreplace with “economic empowerment for the disadvantaged”

'Digital amnesia' haunts smartphone users

SA happy with their smartphones, survey reveals

Chromebook sales jump thanks to education sector

Germany, Greece, and the Future of Europe

African team impresses at Tour de France


Should you wish to look back and find something you remember being posted here, visit the Archive to find what you are looking for. Note that Dec 2014/ Jan 2015 were archived together. The months from February 2015 onward will remain here until they are archived at the end of the year. 

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Looking for Upcoming 2015 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2015's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

National Research Foundation


Conference Alerts

Highlights of conferences / events in August:

Jul 30 - Aug 02, 2015
New York City
Aug 02-06, 2015
Aug 04-06, 2015
Kempton Park
Aug 05-07, 2015
Unisa, Pretoria
Aug 11-13, 2015
Aug 12-13, 2015
Cape Town
Aug 15-21, 2015
Aug 25-28, 2015
Cape Town 
Aug 26-29, 2015
Cape Town
Aug 31 - Sep 02, 2015 

Golden Oldies

The Protective Environment of Children: Towards a framework for anti-oppressive, cross-cultural and cross-national understandingJSTOR logo

Margaret Boushel

The British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 24, No. 2 (April 1994), pp. 173-190

The article explores the strengths and limitations of existing cross-cultural, cross-national and anti-discriminatory theory and research in the child protection field, identified in four factors: the value attached to children, the status of women and carers, the social interconnectedness of children and carers, and the extent and quality of the protective safety nets available.