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Current Awareness Archive: Jan2016

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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.

Website of the Month

Website of the month

January's websites of the month are:‚Äč


The IRR is a classically liberal think-tank promoting the ideas and policy solutions necessary to drive the investment and economic growth that will free South Africa’s people from unemployment, dependency, and poverty.

Ideas are the most powerful influence on any society. Apartheid policy was, for example, only abandoned after its dominant idea of racial separateness was undermined.  In the very same way South African policy makers need new ideas with which to promote the investment and economic activity that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.


In delivering on its mandate, SAWS has set itself the following vision:
“A weather and climate centre of excellence providing innovative solutions to ensure a weather ready-region, sustainable development and economic growth.”


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.

January 2016

Selected Noteworthy Days in January 2016:

1 Jan  New Year"s Day

18 Jan  Southern Africa: Communique - - Double Troika Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, Gaborone, Republic of Botswana

20 - 23 Jan  World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

27 Jan  National Police Day 2016

27 Jan   The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

31 Jan   World Leprosy Day 2016


South Africa Extreme Weather Facts   -   

South Africa weather extremes are recorded in various places. Here are just some of the most interesting weather facts:

  • Coldest Place: Buffelsfontein near Molteno in the Eastern Cape
  • Hottest Place: Letaba in Limpopo
  • Driest Place: Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape
  • Wettest Place: Matiwa in Limpopo
  • Windiest Place: Cape Point in the Western Cape
  • Ski resort? Yes! Tiffindell in the Eastern Cape 


Average temperatures in South Africa in Celcius  -   

In the Media

An unwanted guest: El Niño and Africa in 2016 - IRIN

Government to provide a further R32 million for drought relief     - Sabc News

Double standards and racism deepen in South Africa  - Mail & Guardian

We will blacklist non-paying students - NSFAS     - News24

NSFAS criteria remains the same in 2016   - News 24  

Govt to fund R4.5bn NSFAS shortfall    - News 24

Sierra Leone implements Ebola vaccination programme      -  Business Day Live

Denmark passes controversial bill to seize assets and valuables from refugees  - The Washington Post

Bifocal economy at the root of SA’s structural inequality   -  Business Day Live

SA worst-hit in Africa with dramatic decline in foreign direct investment   - Business Day Live

Cheap oil: boon for some, bust for others  - Times Live

Kenya to lead African growth story in 2016   -  Moneyweb

The Islamic State’s strategy to cause death and destruction in Europe  -  The Washington Post

January turning into 'Janu-worry'?  - Fin24

10 things you should know about new tax laws in South Africa - BusinessTech

South Africa Raises Key Rate to 6.75% -


Netflix arrives in South Africa!

Google Self-Driving Car Project!

Find your investment style!

In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, visit the Archive

Looking for Upcoming 2015 Conferences?

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

Golden Oldies

This month's peer-reviewed articles of choice are:

Reappraising Competing Dominant Logics for African Business Research

Dadzie, Kofi Q. 2013. Reappraising competing dominant logics for African business researchJournal of African Business, Vol 14 (1), 1 - 6.


Strengths and weaknesses of business research methodologies: two disparate case studies

Zivkovic, Jelena. 2012. Strengths and weaknesses of business research methodologies: two disparate case studies. Business Studies Journal, Vol. 4 (2), 91-99.


To access thes articles, use Find e-journals to locate the Journal of African Business or Business Studies Journal in EBSCOHOST's Business Source Complete. This database is password controlled: Unisa staff members will be prompted to enter their Network username and password, and Unisa students will be prompted to enter their student number and myUnisa password.