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Current Awareness 2018: October

General topics of interest

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

Websites of the month

Marine protected areas South Africa  

Marine protected areas

This website was created to showcase the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of South Africa and to share the animals and ecosystems they protect and the benefits they provide to South Africans.

The current focus is on the 22 proposed MPAs that were gazetted for public comment in February 2016 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs. Existing MPAs will be included in 2019.

Information and photographs were compiled by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Oceans & Coasts Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and through collaborative research conducted through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded projects with the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Program (ACEP). Research has taken place in 20 of the 22 proposed new MPAs. The design for the new MPA network is based on 12 years of marine biodiversity research and spatial planning in South Africa’s oceans.


Oceans and Coasts

Oceans and Coasts - Department of Environmental Affairs
Oceans & Coasts (OC) deals with the promotion, management and strategic leadership on oceans and coastal conservation in South Africa.


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.

Selected noteworthy days

OctoberNational Marine Month 1 to 31 October 2018

National Marine Month

OctoberTransport Month

Transport Month 2018

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month logo

1 Oct:  International Day of Older Persons

1 Oct: World Habitat Day

5 OctNational Recreation Day

National Recreation Day

9 OctWorld Post Day

World Post Day

11 Oct:  International Day of the Girl Child

15 OctInternational Day of Rural Women

16 Oct: World Food Day

15 - 17 OctInternational Conference for Food Safety and Security, Saint George's Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

17 OctInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 - 18 OctHealthcare Innovation Summit Africa (HISA), Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

18 - 21 OctWorld Congress of Internal Medicine (WCIM), CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Cape Town, South Africa

23 - 27 OctSA Fashion Week (SAFW), Sandton City South Africa, Sandton, South Africa

25 - 27 OctSouth African Investment Conference 2018

South African Investment Conference 2018

27 OctWorld Day for Audiovisual Heritage

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

29 Oct: World Stroke Day

28 - 31 OctWorld Congress Of Audiology (WCA), CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Cape Town, South Africa

31 OctWorld Cities Day

World Cities Day

In the media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:




Looking for upcoming 2018 conferences?

If you are looking for 2018's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden oldies

Journal articles

Title : The economic contribution of the ocean sector in South Africa

Author S. Hosking, D. Du Preez, V. Kaczynsky, J. Hosking, M. Du Preez and R. Haines

Source : Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Volume 38, Issue 2, Aug 2014, p. 65 – 82


The contribution of the ocean sector in South Africa is of interest to many - from researchers of ocean resources and environments to firms using the ocean and government departments and nongovernmental organizations with interest in, or responsibility for, the ocean resources and environment. For the purpose of identifying the overall economic contribution this paper describes and applies alternative methods of apportioning GDP into ocean and non-ocean parts. One method uses ocean closeness as the reference for apportioning GDP. It has been estimated that in 1995 the ocean sector contributed about 33% of South Africa's GDP. A major weakness of the closeness to ocean basis for apportioning GDP is that many of the economic activities taking place near to the ocean use little, if anything, of the ocean resources and its environment as inputs in production. A preferred method of identifying ocean and non-ocean parts of GDP is to divide the value added per economic sub-sector (and sub-set) into ocean and non-ocean parts and summing the ocean parts. This method is outlined and demonstrated using South African data for the 2010 year at the third digit level of the standard industrial classification code list (ICCL or SIC). It is found that in 2010 the overall contribution of the ocean-linked sector to GDP was about 4.4 per cent.

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Title: South African research in the Southern Ocean : new opportunities but serious challenges - : commentary

Authors:  Anne M. Treasure , Coleen L. Moloney , Ake Fagereng, Peter G. Ryan4, Isabelle J. Ansorge, Marthan N. Bester, Ken P. Findlay, Peter B. Best, Don A. Cowan, P.J. Nico De Bruyn, Christopher D. McQuaid, Rosemary A. Dorrington, P. William Froneman, K. Ian Meiklejohn, Geoff H. Grantham, Brian P.V. Hunt, Evgeny A. Pakhomov, Alakendra N. Roychoudhury, Valdon R. Smith  and Steven L. Chown

Source : South African Journal of Science, Volume 109, Issue 3-4, Mar 2013, p. 1 – 4


South Africa has a long track record in Southern Ocean and Antarctic research and has recently invested considerable funds in acquiring new infrastructure for ongoing support of this research. This infrastructure includes a new base at Marion Island and a purpose-built ice capable research vessel, which greatly expand research opportunities. Despite this investment, South Africa's standing as a participant in this critical field is threatened by confusion, lack of funding, lack of consultation and lack of transparency. The research endeavour is presently bedevilled by political manoeuvring among groups with divergent interests that too often have little to do with science, while past and present contributors of research are excluded from discussions that aim to formulate research strategy. This state of affairs is detrimental to the country's aims of developing a leadership role in climate change and Antarctic research and squanders both financial and human capital.

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