Stats SA conducts survey

2016-03-09 06:00

MEMBERS of the community are urged to open their doors to community survey fieldworkers when they will be surveying selected households around the Northern Cape.

The community survey is a large-scale survey that happens in-between census 2011 and 2021.

The main objective is to provide population and household statistics at municipal level to government and the private sector to support planning and decision making.

According to the provincial executive manager of Statistics South Africa, Deon Kleinhans, the fieldworkers will be recognisable by wearing yellow bibs with census contact numbers and a logo, an ID card with their picture attached, a registration form and a tablet.

Residents have the right to chase away any unidentified fieldworker who does not possess the mentioned items or report any abuse of branded census vehicles to their toll-free number.

Residents are also reminded that they are compelled by law to participate and answer all required questions directed to them by the fieldworker.

Kleinhans told the media during a briefing at the Horseshoe Motel on Thursday, 3 March, that more than 300 fieldworkers had been trained to cover the 36 000 samples in the Northern Cape, and had the potential of more households being added.

Kleinhans added that the usage of tablet technology for the survey had reduced the costs of the survey from R697 million to R300 million.

“Introducing technology for the survey was the best decision as it is faster, better and cheaper. That way the auditors will be able to deal with the evaluation process and release the report by 30 June.

“Politicians will also be able to use the results for campaigns before the elections,” he added.

From 7 March to 22 April, the fieldworkers will gather data on the number of people in South Africa, where they live, their standard of living, and more.

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