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Current Awareness 2020: February

What's happening in South Africa

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

CEIC data - Unemployment data

CEIC allows you access to thousands of sources and more than 5.5 million time series through an easy to use platform that

integrates directly with your workflow.
Accessibility, accuracy, comprehensiveness and timeliness - these are some of CEIC's core values, and the reasons that our worldwide user base has come to rely on CEIC.


Foundation for Human Rights - A just society for all

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa, and the region, to implement programmes which promote and protect human rights. The Foundation's mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation in the country and to build a human rights culture using the Constitution as a tool.

Further reading

About the monthly 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.

In the media

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Golden oldies

Title: Understanding workplace social justice within the constitutional framework - analysis

Author Dennis Matlou1

Affiliations : 1 High Court of South Africa

Source : SA Mercantile Law JournalVolume 28 Number 3, Dec 2016, p. 544 - 562

This analysis seeks to contribute towards a practical understanding of the idea of social justice as it applies or ought to apply in our daily labour relations. Section 1 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (‘the LRA’) declares its goal to promote social justice.

The stipulated goals of the LRA are indicative of the legislative intention to go further than merely stipulating rights which must be claimed, and enforced. ‘The professed aims disclose rather that the LRA is intended to be an instrument of social change aimed, in particular, at purging the labour dispensation of past inequalities and injustices, and extending democracy into the economic sector. It is in that spirit that the specific provisions of the LRA must be read’ (Grogan, Collective Labour Law 2 ed (Juta 2014) 16).

The focus of this analysis is the architectural framework created by the LRA to enable the advancement of social justice. Further, the question of how the notion of social justice manifests itself differently across the labour landscape is scrutinised. Moreover, the analysis illustrates examples of the successful management of workplace social justice.

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TitleAssessing the state of youth unemployment in South Africa : a discussion and examination of the structural problems responsible for unsustainable youth development in South Africa

  • Author Phemelo Olifile Marumo1  and Motheo Emmanuel Sebolaaneng1
  • Affiliations : 1 North West University
  • Source : Gender and BehaviourVolume 17 Number 3, 2019, p. 13477 - 13485
  • This paper provides a discussion and a critical examination of the structural problems that cause youth unemployment, which leads to unsustainable youth development in South Africa. The paper preludes by dissecting in a funnel channel, the nature and state of youth unemployment from a global point of view, then African perspective, prior to providing the historic and current structure of youth unemployment in South Africa. It argues that youth unemployment is mainly caused by the oversupply of graduates who hold skills that are rarely demanded in the labour market, such as graduates with skills in arts and humanities. Thus, there is a need for universities and colleges to intensify their relations on career guide, so that matriculants can opt for careers that are more relevant and required in the industries and government. However, the paper holds that the South African educational system is still unequal and fragmented when comparing the value of education in the rural/townships with that one in the urban and cities, and such a situation still perpetuates inequality that is no longer based on race, but economic status.

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