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Current Awareness 2023: January

Keeping you up to date with news and events in South Africa

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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

DHET International Scholarships Website

There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake studies, research and exchanges in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several such scholarships, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies.

Scholarships are for South African citizens and require a commitment to return to South African upon completion of studies.


Database of the Month

Criminal Justice Database is a comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.

The database bridges theory with practice by providing information geared to those interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security – as well as scholars and other researchers who study the causes, trends, and societal impacts of crime.

Unisa Open

The following sites on Unisa Open contains useful information for Unisa staff.

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.

Selected noteworthy days in January

4 January - World Braille Day

It is celebrated on January 4 to remember Louis Braille’s birth. It is observed to bring attention to Braille’s importance in fully realising human rights in the lives of the blind and partially sighted.

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8 January - African National Congress Foundation Day

South African Native National Congress (SANNC) was founded on 8 January 1912 by John Langalibalele Dube in Bloemfontein. Behind this, the primary motive was to give voting rights to black and mixed-race Africans or to unite African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social, and economic change.

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24 January - International Day of Education

 It is observed on 24 January every year to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all.

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27 January - National Police Day 2023

On National Police Day the South African Police Service (SAPS) remembers the sacrifices that our men and women in blue have made and continue to make as they provide safety for all who live in South Africa.

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30 January – World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January to focus on the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. As we know disabilities do not occur overnight but happen after a prolonged period of undiagnosed disease.

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In the media

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Golden oldie

Founding venue of the African National Congress (1912): Wesleyan school, Fort Sreet, Waaihoek, Bloemfontein : introduction

Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum : Researches of the National MuseumVol. 18, No. 7, pp 126-13001 November 2002


It would seem that for various reasons the precise founding venue of the African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein has remained unknown until the present time. Although a number of assumptions had been made in this regard, amongst others ...

Further reading

Low vision learners’ attitude based challenges towards reading and writing English Braille in Kenya’s primary schools for the visually impaired

Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy StudiesVol. 8, No. 6, pp 319-32601 December 2017


Learners with visual impairment (VI) depend on Braille as a medium of instruction and communication. According to a report by the Ministry of Education, only 45 (30.6%) out of 147(100%) of learners with VI enrolled in upper primary classes in ...

Celebrating Louis Braille

South African Ophthalmology JournalVol. 17, No. 3, pp 46-4801 August 2022


Juzer Surka is an ophthalmologist and enthusiastic philatelist, who first started collecting stamps and commemorative envelopes at a young age. In subsequent years he has focused his collection and research on medically themed stamps, and more ...

Access and support of assistive technology for people with visual impairments in Open and Distance Learning institutions (O.D.L) in Zimbabwe

Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy StudiesVol. 4, No. 3, pp 553-55901 June 2013


This study focused on access and support of assistance technology for people with visual impairments in open and distance learning (ODL) institutions in Zimbabwe with particular focus on Zimbabwe open University (ZOU). Access to education and ...


Looking for upcoming conferences?

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


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