Doors open for census takers

2011-10-13 00:00

THE Census 2011 “know your enumerator” campaign was let down by a service provider that failed to print the posters before the big count started on Monday.

Citizens were supposed to have seen the faces of enumerators on placards hanging on each street corner.

The head of Statistics South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal, Nthabiseng Makhatha, said the service provider was unable to print the posters on time.

“We then had to prioritise on ID cards, but we’re still preparing the posters,” she said.

Makhatha said citizens can still expect to see these posters soon, and added that they are putting up the posters as they receive them.

People in contact with The Witness expressed satisfaction with how the enumerators behaved during their session.

Ntokozo Maphisa (31) of Bisley said it was amazing to be counted.

Maphisa said for him Census 2011 “beats” the country’s elections and he did not feel threatened by the enumerator.

“The field worker came at 6.30 pm on Monday. I had just come back from work. He showed me his ID tag and then I invited him in, and the questions he asked me were straightforward”.

He said it took about 35 minutes to go through the questionnaire.

Helen Ireland, who commented on The Witness Facebook page, wrote: “What a lovely young man. I was very impressed as to how he conducted himself. Very well spoken with good manners. No problem whatsoever.”

Another Facebook user, Caroline Strydom, wrote: “We had the visit already. My eight-year-old offered the lady a glass of ice water because it was so hot and he even insisted she has an apple to eat because she looked tired. We answered the questions and it was all over within half-an-hour. People who huff and puff about something so trivial just fill the forms in and get on with your lives please.”

Statistics SA thanked the South Africans who have been accommodating to the enumerators.

“Enumerators are usually taken by their supervisor to the nearest garage to get lunch. Others carry lunch boxes and find a spot where they can eat.

“They also use public toilets around the area. If one is really pressed we are fortunate that the communities we work around are accommodating,” Makhatha added.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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