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Current Awareness Archive: Sep2017

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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. 

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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

Website of the Month:

Department of Arts and Culture > National Identity

"Each and every country in the world has national symbols. The raising of the new flag always marks the birth of a new country. This also happened in South Africa in 1994 when this country marked the passage from the apartheid era into democracy.

National symbols are not decorative artworks that adorn official letterheads and government buildings but are strong symbolic statements adopted by each country and its people as elements of national identity."

Classification Of National Symbols

Primary National Symbols

Secondary National Symbols

Ceremonial Symbols

  • Mace
  • Black Rod

National Orders

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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.

September 2017

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Selected Noteworthy Days in September

September Theme of the Month: Heritage Month

"Heritage Day on 24 September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

Living heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity. Aspects of living heritage include: cultural tradition, oral history, performance, ritual, popular memory, skills and techniques, indigenous knowledge system and the holistic approach to nature, society and social relationships. In South Africa the term “intangible cultural heritage” is used interchangeably with the term “living heritage”.

Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. In every community there are living human treasures who possess a high degree of knowledge, skills and history pertaining to different aspects of diverse living heritage. It is therefore important for South Africans to reclaim, restore and preserve these various aspects of living heritage to accelerate the use of living heritage to address challenges communities are facing today.

The Department of Arts and Culture developed a draft policy on the South African living heritage."





1 Sep 2017  - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries launches National Arbor Week in Matatiele (Arbor Week will be celebrated under the theme; “Forests and Water”.)

1 Sep 2017 to 7 Sep 2017 - Arbor Week 2017 (National Arbor Week is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management)

10 Sep 2017 to 16 Sep 2017 - National Parks Week 2017 (The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities.)

16 Sep 2017  - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2017 (Substances that deplete the ozone layer include aerosols, sterilants and carbon tetrachloride; foams; halons and Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)

24 Sep 2017 - Heritage Day 2017

26 Sep 2017 - World Environmental Health Day 2017 (Environmental Health Day addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviours.)

In the Media

Top stories


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Looking for Upcoming 2017 Conferences?

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Golden Oldies

Author Mpho Molapisi Source: South African Museums Association Bulletin 31, pp 43 - 45 (2005)
Abstract: Conserving culture is equivalent to preserving a controversial past. It is undoubtedly true that the present is intimately linked to the past. The importance of understanding this relationship tells us more about how mankind has for centuries lived and related to the natural world. Museums are perceived as primary voices of communities and custodians of diverse heritage. Critics argue that museums always use the past for the sake of the present. Museums acquire objects of cultural importance from communities and determine how their significance is interpreted and communicated, and also how people's cultural heritage should be presented and displayed. The past is often romanticised and homogenised without recognition of its complexities. While 'museum sins' continue to exist, a counter-paradigm is developed to make museums more beneficial to contemporary societies. The solution to this problem is a holistic one. This paper highlights some of the main challenges faced by museums with particular reference to South African museums. Three main issues are addressed: social responsibility, museums and communities, and cultural artefacts.