Census vital for planning – Busa

2012-10-31 13:33

The Census 2011 was a vital planning instrument, Business Unity SA (Busa) has said.

“While the census identifies the progress made to date in socioeconomic upliftment, it also confirms the significant challenges that still remain in addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality,” Busa said today in a statement.

The census, released yesterday, found that less than a third of South Africans had completed matric.

White-headed households earned on average about six times more than their black counterparts.

Female-headed households earned on average R67 330 in 2011, compared to R128 329 for their male counterparts.

Busa said the census provided a base for planning and targeted development.

“In particular, South Africa’s young population emphasises the significance of education and youth employment schemes as policy priorities,” Busa said.

According to the census, nearly 60% of the population was under the age of 35. Almost a third of the population was younger than four.

This population information better equipped South Africa to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan and work towards a shared vision for South Africa in 2030.

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