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Current Awareness 2024: May

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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.

Websites of the month

Child Welfare South Africa

CWSA (Child Welfare South Africa) is an umbrella body representing 164 child welfare affiliates, 30 developing organisations, 25 outreach projects and 206 communities. Collectively we reach about 2 million children, their families and caregivers. Consisting of 1200 staff members and 3500 volunteers. Our Objectives:

  • Protecting the children in our country from all kinds of abuse.
  • Making a difference in the lives of children.
  • Establishing networks and partnerships to ensure the safeguarding of our children.
  • Being a credible, professional body for child protection.
  • Providing support and guidance to our Member Organisations.


Database of the Month

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 May

Why do we mark International Days?

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.

Africa Month and Day 2024

The month of May is recognised as Africa month – a time when the continent of Africa commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), with Africa Day celebrated on the 25th of May.

The establishing the Organisation of Africa Unity  (OAU) in 1963, the African continent became a pioneer in being the first continent to focus on continental unity and to encourage nation building through unity and freedom from oppression.  Africa Month also seeks to increase the appreciation and demand for arts and culture goods and services, and to stimulate competitive markets for trade among African countries. 

Workers' Day 2024

1 May - Workers’ Day in South Africa holds its own cultural significance, as the public holiday has come to signify not only the sacrifices made on the long road toward fair employment standards but also the bitter battle against Apartheid in which trade and labour unions played a key role.

Energy Month 2024

May is National Energy Month in South Africa and click here if you need tips on how to save on electricity or fuel. 

Child Protection Week 2024

28 May to 4 June 

National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

The campaign is led by the Department of Social Development in partnership with key government departments and civil society organisations rendering child protection services.

The Department of Social Development has a pilot a 24-hour call centre dedicated to provide support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence:

  • The toll-free number to call is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling.
  • Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them by dialing *120*7867# (free) from any cell phone.

You can also get help at:

  • Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
  • Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110 / e-mail:


In the media

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Catalytic niche areas

The university has identified ten (10) catalytic niches that will assist the institution in catalysing research, innovation and engaged scholarship These are as follows:

  • Marine studies,
  • Aviation and Aeronautical studies,
  • Automotive,
  • Energy,
  • Space study and Square Kilometer Array,
  • Fourth Industrial revolution and Digitalisation,
  • Natural Sciences (Biotechnological studies),
  • Health Studies/Medicine,
  • Feminist, Womanist, Bosadi Theorizations,
  • Student Support and Co-Curricular activities.


Click on the links below for information on Aviation and Aeronautical studies.

"aviation and ''public health'' and ''south africa''

"aviation and ''gender''"

''aviation literacy''

"aviation and decolonizing"

"aviation and environmental impact"

"aviation and airmanship"

Golden oldie


The Organisation of African Unity and the principle of universality of membership

  • Yash Tandon

African ReviewVol. 1, No. 4, pp 52-6001 April 1972

Commentary on The Organisation of African Unity and the Freedom Struggle. A document presented by the Government of Tanzania at the O.A.U. Summit Conference at Addis Ababa, June 1971. Tanzania has been pursuing a dual strategy within the Organisation of African Unity. On the one hand, she has been working for the building of a revolutionary wing of the OAU to deal with the problem of the liberation of Southern Africa, and on the other, she has been trying to coexist in the OAU with members who are anything but revolutionary.


The normative and institutional framework of the African Union relating to the protection of human rights and the maintenance of international peace and security : a critical appraisal

  • Kithure Kindiki

African Human Rights Law JournalVol. 3, No. 1, pp 97-11701 January 2003

This article examines norms and institutions developed under the auspices of the African Union (AU), dealing with human rights challenges on the continent. The article focuses on the possibilities these norms and institutions offer to the AU to undertake collective humanitarian intervention in response to massive and grave violations of human rights involving war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide being perpetrated in a member state. The writer expresses optimism that the norms and institutions developed under the AU in relation to intervention are more progressive than those obtained under the AU predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), If effectively implemented, they could contribute significantly to enhancing human rights protection in Africa.

The African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the New Partnership for Africa's Development : some observations on South Africa's contribution to international law-making and institution-building in Africa, 1994-2004 : symposium

  • Tiyanjana Maluwa

South African Yearbook of International LawVol. 29, No. 1, pp 5-2301 January 2004

This 'Symposium on a Decade of Developments in International Law' commemorates the tenth anniversary of constitutional democracy and freedom in South Africa. This year also happens to be the tenth anniversary of South Africa's entry into the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It is now almost two years to the day, since the OAU was replaced by its successor, the African Union (AU), and almost the same period has passed since the formal inception of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). In brief, 2004 sees a conjunction of anniversaries of various momentous events in recent African history. Appropriately, I have been asked to speak on the topic 'The African Union, the Southern African Development Community and the New Partnership for Africa's Development'.


Looking for upcoming conferences?

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