You can help build a better South Africa by taking part in Census 2022, which is being conducted nationwide from 3 to 28 February.
Census 2022, run by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), is a count of the country’s total population – including children, homeless people and foreign nationals within the country’s borders.
Information is collected about people’s living conditions, access to basic services, income, agricultural activities, food security, health, education levels and services, among others, says Trevor Oosterwyk, the Communication Manager at Stats SA.
This this information, which is not shared with any public or private entity, is used by government for planning, policy formulation, evidence-based decision-making and budget allocations across local, provincial and national government, he adds.
Municipalities also use the information to draw up their Integrated Development Plans, which aim to coordinate the work of local and other spheres of government to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an area.
If you did not register online to take part in Census 2022, a Stats SA fieldworker will visit your home, even if your premises has gate control.
“Publicity is done at local level, including with gatekeepers, for example, body corporates. This will enable fieldworkers to access complexes and other walled areas.
"We are also identifying old age homes and other such establishments to let them know about the census,” says Oosterwyk.
Fieldworkers normally go to households during the day, but community members can arrange with them for an alternative time, when they are available.
Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke says a minimum of 165 000 fieldworkers have been deployed across the country, and all fieldworkers have been trained on Coronavirus Disease safety protocols, as per the Department of Health’s guidelines.
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All fieldworkers have to produce their Stats SA identity card, which displays the Stats SA logo and the fieldworker’s photograph and unique number. They also have to wear Census 2022 branded shirts.
You can verify a fieldworker’s identity by visiting Stats SA’s website at http://census.statssa.gov.za/#fieldwork or calling the Census 2022 toll-free number at 0800 110 248.
Stats SA will never ask you for information about your banking details or ask you to pay any money to participate in Census 2022.
For more information, visit www.census.statssa.gov.za.