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Current Awareness 2023: November

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

Unisa’s Advocacy and Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities (ARCSWiiD)

The vision of ARCSWiD is to be the leading provider of quality services for students with disabilities registered with UNISA.

In line with UNISA’s Strategy, the mission of ARCSWiD is to create an enabling teaching and learning environment that will lead to the full participation and equalisation of opportunities for students with disabilities.

What services can students with disabilities receive from ARCSWiD?
  1. Referrals to career and counselling services
  2. Assistance in completing application forms during registration
  3. Assistance with fee reduction applications
  4. Assistance in motivating for assistive devices and access technology equipment
  5. Study guides and tutorial letters in either Braille, large-print, electronic or audio formats
  6. Electronic versions of prescribed books obtained on request from publishers
  7. Interventions with academic departments
  8. Advice on assistive devices and access technology
  9. Sign Language Interpretation services for deaf students
  10. Orientation and Mobility assistance for blind and partially-sighted students
  11. Advice on low-vision devices for partially-sighted students
  12. Referrals to relevant service providers and civil society organizations
  13. Referrals to the Library Disability Workgroup for recommended textbooks in electronic format

Database of the Month


Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

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 November

3 Nov-3 Dec: Disability Rights Awareness Month (South Africa)

The theme for 2023 is: “Consolidate and Accelerate Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the Future”. 

The campaign focuses on raising awareness on persons with disabilities in our society, and also celebrates the progress the country has made to provide space for the active participation of people with disabilities in our drive for economic growth. The Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities will soon unpack programmes for the awareness month. 


Unisa offers support for students with disabilities through Unisa’s Advocacy and Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities (ARCSWiiD)

ARCSWiiD focuses on two main areas: Student Support and Administration and Advocacy and Training. 

They have various services students with disabilities can receive including, but not limited to, referrals to career and counselling services, assistance in completing application forms during registration; assistance with fee reduction applications; orientation and Mobility assistance for blind and partially-sighted students; sign Language Interpretation services for deaf students and interventions with academic departments.

The Unisa Library has a guide dedicated to the Library services on offer to students living with disabilities. 


Images: Disability Rights Awareness Month ( 

25 Nov to 10 Dec: 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (South Africa)

16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is a campaign observed by South Africans every year from 25 November to 10 December12. The campaign was launched by activists at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 19911. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of violence against women and children and to mobilize communities to take action to prevent it

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6 Nov: SADC Malaria Day

Commemoration of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Day on 6 November every year aims to create awareness about malaria and mobilise the community to participate in the malaria control. SADC Malaria Day 2023 serves as a platform to unite countries in Southern Africa and strengthen their commitment to eliminating malaria.

Malaria is preventable and curable. Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden. Globally, malaria is one of the six major causes of deaths from communicable diseases. 90% of the world’s approximately 440 000 annual malaria deaths occur in Africa. In the last few years, (2015-2019) South Africa has had between about 10 000 and 30 000 notified cases of malaria per year, and the National Department of Health is planning to eliminate it (i.e. no local transmission) by 2023.

A malaria risk map, FAQs and further information on prevention are available on the NICD website.

Sources: NICD - Disease Index - Malaria / Uniting Against Malaria: SADC Malaria Day 2023 (



14 Nov: WHO World Diabetes Day

Established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation with support from WHO in response to growing concerns about the health and economic threat posed by diabetes, World Diabetes Day became an official UN day in 2006. Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. 

About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, the majority living in low-and middle-income countries, and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year. Both the number of cases and the prevalence of diabetes have been steadily increasing over the past few decades. 

Source: World Diabetes Day (


In the media

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Golden oldie

16 days of activism for no violence against women and children s

African Safety PromotionVol. 7, No. 1, pp 87-8801 January 2009


To mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December) the University of South Africa's Institute for Social and Health Sciences (Unisa-ISHS) held a dialogue at the Don Mateman Hall in Eldorado Park. The convener of the event was Royal Lekoba. Over 90 community members participated in the event. 

The sins of the father : gender-based violence in post-apartheid South Africa 

Commonwealth Youth and DevelopmentVol. 14, No. 2, pp 57-7030 November 2016


This article explores the complexities of gender-based violence in post-apartheid South Africa and interrogates the socio-political issues at the intersection of class, ‘race’ and gender, which impact South African women. ... South Africa’s gender-based violence is fuelled historically by the ideologies of apartheid (racism) and patriarchy (sexism), which are symbiotically premised on systemic humiliation that devalues and debases whole groups of people and renders them inferior. It is further argued that the current neo-patriarchal backlash in South Africa foments and sustains the subjugation of women and casts them as both victims and perpetuators of pervasive patriarchal values.


Looking for upcoming conferences?

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