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Current Awareness Archive: Jul2016

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

July's websites of the month are:

Make everyday a Mandela day


WHO - Hepatitis

Key messages:

Know hepatitis – are you at risk?

  • Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally and, given the size of the epidemic, anyone and everyone can be at risk.

Know hepatitis – get tested

  • An estimated 95% of people with hepatitis are unaware of their infection. Hepatitis tests are complex and can be costly, with poor laboratory capacity in many countries.
  • But WHO’s forthcoming hepatitis testing guidelines will give countries advise on simpler testing strategies that will enable them to scale up hepatitis testing services.

Know hepatitis – demand treatment

  • Globally, lack of awareness, and poor access to hepatitis treatment services mean that most people who need treatment do not receive it.
  • Over 90% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured of the virus within 3–6 months.
  • Appropriate treatment of hepatitis B and C can prevent the development of the major life-threatening complications of chronic liver disease: cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • WHO advises that by scaling up treatment, 7 million lives can be saved between 2015 and 2030, with communities benefiting from economic gains.

This day in history

  • Today in History for 11th July 2016

    Historical Events

    1156 - Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan.
    1347 - Heir to the Bohemian throne elected German anti-king Charles IV
    1405 - Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time
    1906 - The Gillette-Brown murder inspires Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.
    1973 - Brazilian Boeing 707 crashes near Paris, 122 killed
    1976 - In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks and Wedlocks"

    More Historical Events »

    Famous Birthdays

    1861 - George William Norris, (Rep/Sen-Neb) (Lame duck-amendement)
    1895 - Dolly Wilde, English socialite (d. 1941)
    1930 - Harold Bloom, American literary critic
    1932 - Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
    1957 - Pete Murphy, rocker (Love Hysteria)
    1966 - Mel Appleby, rocker (Mel and Kim-Coming to America)

    More Famous Birthdays »

    Famous Deaths

    1921 - Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist, dies at 75
    1950 - Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
    1980 - Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer, dies at 80
    1994 - Alan David Melville, polymath, dies at 82
    2014 - Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
    2015 - Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55

    More Famous Deaths »

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.

July 2016

Selected Noteworthy Days in July 2016:

Nelson Mandela Month 2016

30 Jun - 10 Jul  Grahamstown National Arts Festival 

01 - 10 Jul Knysna Oyster Festival

2 Jul  Vodacom Durban July 

10 - 18 Jul  27th African Union Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda with the theme: 2016: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women​

11 Jul World Population Day

15 Jul World Youth Skills Day

18 Jul Nelson Mandela International Day

18 - 22 Jul The 21st International AIDS Conference, in Durban, South Africa


28 Jul World Hepatitis Day

30 Jul World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 Jul International Day of Friendship

In the Media

Eskom secures African Development Bank funding - SA Gov News Agency

Little-known BnP Capital gets SAA fundraising deal without tender - Business Day Live

Nenegate shook SA investor confidence – IMF - Fin24

Ageing population could affect SA's credit rating - S&P - Fin24

Outa unveils shocking facts about SAA contractor - Fin24

Emerging markets rebound as Fed urgency fades amid Brexit angst - Fin24

Nominees and applications for the Public Protector announced - Parliament of SA

Brexit news - Independent

Brexit: Next UK prime minister will be a woman, as Gove knocked out of race - CNN

Britain's next prime minister will be a woman - USA Today

Who is Theresa May, Britain’s new Prime Minister? -

Jeremy Corbyn threatens to sue his own party if they refuse to automatically put him on the ballot paper as Angela Eagle prepares to oust the Labour leader - The Telegraph

Kazuo Ishiguro on his fears for Britain after Brexit - Financial Times

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry

Election 2016 Is Propelled by the American Economy’s Failed Promises - The Wall Street Journal

FBI Director On Clinton’s Email: ‘No Charges Are Appropriate In This Case’ - The Huffington Post


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:

A Critical Assessment of Charismatic—Transformational Leadership Research: Back to the Drawing Board?

Van Knippenberg, Daan & Sitkin, Sim B. 2013. A Critical Assessment of CharismaticTransformational Leadership Research: Back to the Drawing Board?Academy of Management Annals. Vol. 7 (1), p1-60. 


Compassionate Love as a Cornerstone of Servant Leadership: An Integration of Previous Theorizing and Research.

Dierendonck, Dirk &  Patterson, Kathleen. 2015. Compassionate Love as a Cornerstone of Servant Leadership: An Integration of Previous Theorizing and ResearchJournal of Business Ethics.  Vol. 128 (1), p119-131.


To access these articles, use Find e-journals to locate the Academy of Management Annals or Journal of Business Ethics 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.