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Current Awareness Archive: Sep2015

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

Casual Day

Have fun to show your support!

Everyone loves Casual Day, the campaign that invites all fun-loving South Africans to dress differently for a day to raise funds and raise awareness of persons with disabilities.

Casual Day is a highlight on the calendar of our 300 participating NGOs, business – big and small, organisations, schools, book clubs, youth groups and South African citizens at large. For eighteen years we have reserved the first Friday in September for going to work on the dressed in outfits from the fun to the fantastical. This year it’s Friday 4 September 2015.


Casual Day


UNESCO World Heritage Centre



A wide range of World Heritage publications, from periodicals to brochures and information kits , books, manuals, reports, and a map of World Heritage sites are available in a variety of languages for adults and young people.



Rugby World Cup England 2015


All Teams

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.

September 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in September



1-30 September:   Heritage Month (South Africa)

4 September:   Casual Day

5 September:   International Day of Charity  (A/RES/67/105) Draft  (9A/67/L.45)

8 September:   International Literacy Day [UNESCO]  (Resolution 1.141 of the 14th Session of the UNESCO General Conference)

9 September:   International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

10 September:   World Suicide Prevention Day

12 September:   United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation  (A/RES/58/220)

15 September:   International Day of Democracy  (A/RES/62/7)

16 September:   International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer  (A/RES/49/114)

21 September:   International Day of Peace  (A/RES/36/67)  (A/RES/55/282)

25 September (last week of September):   World Maritime Day [IMO] (IMCO/C XXXVIII/21)

26 September:   International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons  (A/RES/68/32)

27 September:   World Tourism Day


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

Manetsi, T (2011) Safeguarding Intangible Heritage in South Africa: a Critique of the Draft National Policy on Living Heritage.  International Journal of Intangible Heritage.  Vol. 6: pp. 657-669.

  Abstract | Full Text

South Africa published the first Draft National Policy on South African Living Heritage (hereafter Draft Policy) in 2009, sixteen years after the first democratic elections in 1994. A national policy framework on safeguarding living heritage in South Africa is long overdue, as the previous heritage legislation from the Colonial and Apartheid eras focused mainly on the conservation and management of tangible forms of heritage. Living heritage was largely marginalised and thus could not receive any formal protection from government (as it is not part of the ‘National Estate’). The tentative promulgation of the National Policy on Living Heritage is a commendable and progressive step towards the protection of intangible forms of heritage. The Draft Policy has been in circulation for input and comment from a wide range of stakeholders. This paper seeks to provide a rigorous critique and commentary and to make specific recommendations on the Draft Policy.