South Africa’s 2022 census underway
South Africa has
launched its once-in-a-decade population census to collect data that will help
the government's policy formulation and planning, the statistics agency has
Minister in the
Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, joined the Statistics South Africa team in Cape
Town on Wednesday night.
Stats SA began counting
the transient population at various sites on Wednesday as part of the
nationwide Census Night activities, marking the official start of the Census
transients, people living in hotels, lodges, hospitals and other communal
living quarters are counted on Census Night.
Thousands of field
workers will be hitting the road on Thursday to households across the country.
Minister Gungubele was
at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday night and was excited to be
part of the team dressed in green.
"I'm very excited
to be part of the team. People move in South Africa. They go to informal
settlements and so on. For socio-economic challenges, it will have bearing,
whether it is access to sanitation and water..." the minister said.
Speaking about the
protection of personal information, Stats SA's Trevor Oosterwyk said that
information would not be made available to entities - not to the South African
Revenue Service or ministers.
This census exercise is
expected to see about 160 000 field workers counting the population from
February 3 to 28.
It will be the fourth
population count conducted in post-apartheid South Africa.
Initially scheduled for
October last year, it was postponed due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus
For the first time,
respondents have the option to furnish their details online.
In 2016, South Africa's
population stood at 55.7 million, according to official figures.
Collected data will
update demographic information as well as mortality and fertility rates, and
South Africa, the most
industrialised economy on the continent is a magnet for migrants from poorer
At the last count in
2011, the statistics agency counted more than 2.2 million migrants living within
Other data to be gathered during the census include education and income levels, and food security.