Statistics South Africa is ready for Census 2011 big count
10 Oct 2010
In 365 days time all people within the borders of South Africa will be counted on the night of 9 and 10 October 2011 in the biggest census ever conducted in this country.
This census is set to provide the most comprehensive picture of the South African society and economy in the post-apartheid era, said Statistician-General Pali Lehohla as Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) launched the Census 2011 project in Sandton. As part of the countdown launch the Statistician-General, Lehohla also unveiled the questionnaire for census 2011.
Lehohla said: “As South Africa prepares for its census in 2011, they will be part of a continent-wide movement as most African countries have also committed to participating in the 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses, which began in 2005 and ends in 2014.
“This is a far cry from any round of decennial censuses,” said Lehohla.
For years Africa has been lagging behind on matters statistics and now the importance of census-taking is permeating the African continent, and South Africa, through Statistics South Africa, has played an important role in mobilising Africa to conduct population counts.
Lehohla acknowledged the contribution of the current Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Trevor Manuel, who had consistently sought to bolster statistical development in Africa since 2006 when he was still Finance Minister.
Minister Manuel invited all heads of statistics offices on the continent and the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to Cape Town in January 2006.
“The meeting was called subsequent to my tabling a disturbing report from Yaoundé, Cameroon, where we as statisticians were considering a resolution that declared the Economic Commission for Africa ineffective on matters statistics,” said Lehohla.
The African Symposia for Statistical Development (ASSD) was born in Cape Town and Minister Manuel took the resolutions for strengthening statistics to the ECA ministers of economic planning and finance in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in May 2006.
Issued by: Statistics South Africa
10 Oct 2010
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