Census mop-up campaign is on track, says Stats SA

2011-11-11 00:00

THE two-week mop-up campaign that began after October 31 to count the remaining households missed during the national census is on track, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

The head of Stats SA in KwaZulu-Natal, Nthabiseng Makhatha, told The Witness a large number of requests have been received from people who have either not been counted or who still have the census questionnaires.

“We’re attending to all these cases and people are largely co-operating,” she said.

Stats SA said that more than 2,2 million out of 2,5 million dwellings have been counted in the province.

But Makhatha said they are still facing challenges. “Respondents are still not clear about the reasons for using pencils and not pens when completing the questionnaire.”

The use of pencils is encouraged as it shows most clearly when questionnaires are scanned, and respondents can erase mistakes.

“People residing in institutions are also still not aware that they don’t complete the same questionnaire as those completed by the population living in normal households.”

Makhatha said householders who find stickers on their property without having been counted and then conclude that the enumerator manufactured their information should not be concerned. “The methodology requires the fieldworkers to leave the stickers behind to indicate that they had visited the dwelling units but did not make contact with the households,” she added.

Ugu district manager Nonyaniso Njwambe said most comments they have received have been positive.

Some people were baffled by questions like, “Do you own a vacuum cleaner?” Njwambe explained that such questions are important because the census data are also for planning purposes. “Each municipality has to plan ahead. To plan ahead, the municipalities have to know almost everything about its residents,” she said.

Njwambe said that, for example, people who use certain electrical appliances would have differing energy consumption levels than people who don’t.

Stats SA national media relations manager Sivuyile Mangxamba said that from October 9 to 31 they handled 30 641 calls and 11 736 calls from November 1 to 8.

Phone 0800 110 248 if you have not been counted.

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