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Current Awareness Archive: Oct2017

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

Database of the month

Research Starters

Research Starters offers short, citable summaries of more than 64,000 popular topics. The database is available when searching the Encore Library database, and is listed as a Content Provider.

In the context of Marine month, we found the following article:

Oceansby Carlson, Roger V., Wells, Robert J., Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, January, 2016 

Water is an excellent solvent, so seawater contains more than sixty dissolved elements or their salts. The major constituent percentages of seawater... 

Website of the Month

Website of the Month

Marine research and conservation projects in South Africa - Oceans Research

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.

Research is ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilisation in Southern Africa’s coastal society. 

Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities. 

Oceans Research strives to divulgate its research finding not only to the scientific community but also, and even more importantly, to the general public, through its website, media releases, scientific and popular articles, and documentaries.

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.

October 2017

Selected Noteworthy Days

Marine Month

National Marine Month creates awareness of South Africa's marine and coastal environments and the benefits that our oceans bring to our nation.

Transport Month

image transport month

Under the theme: “Together we move South Africa Forward,” Government will showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation; maritime; public transport and roads. This month will also be used to further advance the country’s road safety initiatives.October

Social Development Month

‚ÄčThis year Social Development Month it is commemorated under the theme, “Working Together to Build Caring and

Sustainable Communities for All.” In addition the first Sunday in October is celebrated as Grandparents Day.

12 OctWorld Sight Dayworld sight day logo

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

14 OctWorld Food Day (FAO)

World Food Day provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher.

15 OctInternational Day of Rural Womenrural women logo

This day, established in 2007, recognises “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

15 OctGlobal Handwashing Dayhandwash day image

Since the first Global Handwashing Day in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries, Global Handwashing Day is spreading the word about the simplicity and value of clean hands.

17 OctInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This day is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals.

24 Oct: World Polio Dayimage world polio day

This day aims to increase awareness about polio virus and to encourage further actions to reduce it from spreading. The commemoration of the day also highlights the success of global strategies in reducing the spread of the disease.

31 OctWorld Cities Dayimage world cities

The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community's interest in global urbanisation, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.



SchoolNet SA will be celebrating 20 years of leading change in ICT integration for teaching and learning.


It convenes preeminent women in law including law firm partners and associates, in-house counsel, judges, government officials, law school professors, and law students.

6 Oct UP JAZZ CONCERTimage jazz festival

The line-up includes world-renowned artists Lenora Helm Hammonds, Mageshen Naidoo and Sundar Viswanathan as well as Jesse Mogale, CAFCA and the Tshwane School of Music.

28 - 29 Oct Cape Town International Kite Festival

Kiters from China, England, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA will be there to show that almost anything can fly.

In the Media

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


Looking for Upcoming 2017 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2017's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:


Golden Oldies

Environmental Provisions in a New South African Bill of Rights - Jan Glazewski

Journal of African Law, Vol. 37, No. 2, Law and the Environment in Africa (Autumn, 1993), pp. 177-184

Topics: Environmental conservation, Bill of Rights, Environmental legislation,Ecological sustainability, Environmental protection, Fundamental rights,Environmental politics, Sustainable development, Human rights, Environmental regulation

The Food Resources of the Ocean - S. J. Holt

Scientific American, Vol. 221, No. 3 (September 1969), pp. 178-197

Topics: Oceans, Marine fishes, Fishing, Ocean fisheries, Food security, Fish byproducts, Seas, Fishery resources

The Chimera of Redistribution in Post-Apartheid South Africa: 'Black Economic Empowerment' (BEE) in Industrial Fisheries - Stefano Ponte, Lance van Sittert

African Affairs, Vol. 106, No. 424 (Jul., 2007), pp. 437-462

Topics: Fishery economics, Hake, Fishing industry, Economic capital, Fishing, Common fisheries policy, Fishery resources, Ocean fisheries, Fisheries management