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Current Awareness Archive: Nov2017

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

Websites of the Month

Disability services LibGuide

WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled

The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013 in Marrakesh and it forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

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

Disability Rights Awareness Month 2017

disability rights awareness month

Disability Rights Awareness Month calendar of events

5 November National Children's Day 2017

5 November World Tsunami Awareness Day

6 November SADC Malaria Day 2017

6 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2017

10 November World Science Day for Peace and Development

14 November World Diabetes Day

14 November World Quality Day 2017

world quality day

16 November International Day for Tolerance

16 November World Philosophy Day (third Thursday in November

19 November World Toilet Day

world toilet day

20 November  World Remembrance Day (WRD) for Victims of Road Accidents 2017

20 November Universal Children's Day 2017

20 November Africa Industrialisation Day 2017

21 November World Fisheries Day 2017

world fisheries day

21 November World Television Day

25 November to 10 December 16 Days of Activism 2017

16 days of activism

25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2017

29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People



9 to 10 Nov Labour hosts national series of briefing sessions on national minimum wage

The Department of Labour is planning to host a national series of briefing sessions aimed at trade unions. The briefings will start in November 2017 ahead of the implementation of the long-awaited national minimum wage (NMW) and the coming into being of a host of amendments to a raft of labour legislation.

9 to 10 Nov Cooperative Governance and Small Business Development convene National Local Economic Development Conference

17 Nov Treasury hosts workshop on Financial Sector Ombud System reforms

16 to 18 Nov Ficksburg Cherry Festival 2017

ficksburg cherry festival

25 Nov Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup 2017

The Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup is Johannesburg's longest-running and most respected first-grade horse races. The annually-held event makes its return to its old stomping ground, Turffontein racecourse on the 25th November 2017.

gauteng sansui summer cup

29 Nov POPI Conference (Protection of Personal Information) Johannesburg

Through information-packed presentations, the POPI conference will help delegates tackle pertinent issues around the POPI Act and the impact the Act will have on personal and company information.

Join some of South Africas top experts in exploring the number of provisions and implications behind the POPI Act.

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

Five challenges for disability-related research in sub-Saharan Africa 

Leslie Swartz

African Journal of Disability, Volume 3, Issue 2, Jan 2014, p. 1 - 6


The African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability: A role player in the realisation of the UNCRPD in Africa

Malcolm MacLachlan, Malcolm MacLachlan  and Gubela Mji

African Journal of Disability, Volume 3, Issue 2, Jan 2014, p. 1 - 5