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Current Awareness Archive: Sep2016

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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.

This day in history

1 Sep 1923

A devastating earthquake struck the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. Nearly 150,000 people were killed and more than two million left homeless.

1 Sep 1939

World War II began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

1 Sep 1985

A joint U.S.-French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

2 Sep 1976

The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars and took the first pictures of the planet's surface.

4 Sep 1888

George Eastman patented his roll-film camera and registered the Kodak trademark.

4 Sep 1972

U. S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seventh gold medal at the Munich Summer Olympics.

5 Sep1997

Humanitarian Mother Teresa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor, died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.

7 Sep 1986

Desmond Tutu became the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.

11 Sep 1962

The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do.

11 Sep 2001

Two hijacked commercial jets were crashed by terrorists into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers. A short while later, another plane was crashed into the Pentagon, and fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pa.

12 Sep 1977

South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody.

13 Sep 1993

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat shook hands after signing an historic peace agreement.

13 Sep 1989

Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

25 Sep 2011

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia grants women the right to vote and run for office in future elections.

30 Sep 1966

Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain.

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.

February 2016

Selected Noteworthy Days in September:

5-11 Sep

National Book Week

Findings in a 2007 study revealed that only 14% of South Africans read books and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book. National Book Week, which runs from the 5-11 September, aims to change that.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. It addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to boost literacy.

12-16 Sep

SA National Parks Week       


The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities.

16 Sep

Recycling Day SA

It’s aim is to increase awareness by educating the community about the social, environmental 
and economic benefits of recycling.

22 Sep

Heritage Day

On Heritage Day South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

22 Sep

World Rhino Day

Facebook World Rhino Day page and Twitter @RhinoDaySept22

On World Rhino Day – 12 of South Africa’s top Trail Runners together with 12 influential people from all walks of life will take part in the Rhino Peak Challenge.

22 Sep

September Equinox

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

26 Sep

World Environmental Health Day

Every year the IFEH announces a special theme and organizes various activities to draw public attention to the problems of our environment. The theme for 2016 is Tobaco Control.

23 Sep-

SA Innovation Summit: Market on the Edge

Market on the Edge is the official exhibition area of the 9th South African Innovation Summit, and encapsulates the activities, ambitions and business approaches of South Africa's foremost thought leaders and innovation drivers.

24 Sep

The Finery Fair

The Finery Fair is a multi-cultural arts festival, celebrating Heritage weekend with the finer things in life that South Africans have to offer. 

Tourism Month

Tourism Month is celebrated annually in September with the aim of encouraging South Africans to explore their own country. It also provides the tourism industry with an opportunity for a sustained, heightened month-long focus on the importance of domestic tourism to the economy. 

In the Media

Africa Discussing Ways to Stop the Continent's Mass Rural Exodus Voice of America

Representatives of 30 African countries have been working this week to map out ways to stop the continent's mass rural exodus at the Forum ...

This is what it means to be middle class in South Africa BusinessTech

A new government report has shed more light on what it means to be middle class in South Africa, and how difficult it is to get there.

SA universities contest drop in world rankings News24

South Africa's universities have vehemently challenged their across-the-board drop in world rankings, saying the criteria followed failed to take ...

These are the best universities in Africa in 2016 BusinessTech

South African universities feature amongst the top institutions in Africa, but worryingly many have dropped down the 2016 QS World University ...

EU should focus more on regional governance in Africa EurActiv

Migration is a priority issue all the way from Oslo to Cape Town, so the EU and Africa need to work together more effectively in order for it to be ...

Small is better in Africa's economies Independent Online

Cape Town - East African nations are playing an increasing role in driving growth in the world's poorest continent as they ride a wave of cheap ...

Air pollution kills 20 000 per year in South Africa - as many as in traffic Mail & Guardian

Air pollution kills 20 000 people in South Africa every year, costing the economy nearly R300-million. This is according to new research from ...

What Africa must do to boost farm outputs, feed itself Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Around 70 per cent of Africa's population depends on agriculture for food and income, but many farmers are still struggling with poverty and ...

Japan's Africa investment may be risky business Global Times

Japan's presence in Africa was heavily felt recently when Nairobi hosted the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development ...

South Africa is the fourth-best country in the world - Conde Nast ... South

Readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine have rated South Africa as the fourth-best country to visit - ahead of traditional tourist ...

World Trade Center mall offers chance to reflect on 9/11 – with retail ... The Guardian

Shoppers and tourists enjoy the view inside the Oculus and new stores in the Westfield World Trade Center mall in New York City. Photograph: ...


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

Looking for Upcoming 2016 Conferences?

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

Golden Oldies

This month's golden oldies articles of choice are:

Private Sector Involvement in Public History Production in South Africa: The "Sunday Times" Heritage ProjectMarschall S. African Studies Review, Vol. 53, No. 3, December 2010, pp. 35-59.

This article investigates issues of identity construction and public memo realization in post apartheid South Africa.

Transforming Museums and Heritage in Postcolonial and Post-apartheid South Africa: The Impact of Processes of Policy Formulation and New LegislationCorsane, G. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice, Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring 2004, pp. 5-15

In post-apartheid South Africa , the traditional understandings of museums and heritage have been challenged in terms of how meaning making, heritage construction, and knowledge production were conducted in the colonial past.

The conservation of South Africa's built heritage: a multi-ethnic challengeHaswell, R.F. Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, No. 67, October 1986, pp. 45-52

The conservation of South Africa's built heritage has been largely an Afrikaner-dominated activity. An effective concern with conservation must also be related to political access. The country's other ethnic groups have simply been excluded from official conservation activities.

Building a new South Africa. Volume 4, Environment, reconstruction, and development : a report / from the International Mission on Environmental Policy with a foreword by Nelson R. Mandela / from the International Mission on Environmental Policy with a foreword by Nelson R. Mandela, edited by Anne V. Whyte

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