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SA population at 51.8 million - Census

2012-10-30 09:32

Cape Town - There were 51.8 million people living in South Africa last year in October, according to the 2011 Census, released on Tuesday.

This is about 7 million more people than were counted at the previous census, in 2001.

The document shows there were 51 770 560 people in the country at midnight on October 9 last year, the date of the 2011 Census, compared to 44 819 778 counted a decade earlier.

It also shows there are more women than men. Of the 51.8 million, about 25.2 million are male, and 26.6 million are female.

The census results show that Gauteng, the smallest-sized of South Africa's nine provinces, is the most populous, with 12.3 million people.

By contrast, the country's largest province, the Northern Cape, has the least number, with 1.1 million people.

KwaZulu-Natal, the second-most populous province, has 10.3 million.

The Eastern Cape population appears not to have grown at the same rate as other regions over the past 15 years. In 1996, the population was 6.1 million; in 2001, 6.3 million; and, in 2011, 6.6 million.

The population of neighbouring Western Cape has grown far more rapidly, from about 4 million in 1996, to 4.5 million in 2001, to 5.8 million in 2011.

Comments
  • clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-30 09:37

    Lovely...More votes for the ANC

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-10-30 10:00

      mmm Clifford. With the current muddiness that is the ANC, one wonders what you are so proud about

      Shaun - 2012-10-30 10:06

      add another 10 million onto that,cause nobody came to count our whole ward last year.

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-10-30 10:10

      35 million South Africans 6 million Zimbabweans ( apparently Mugabe is an inspiration) 15 million Africans(apparently the other governments are doing a sterling job too) One day there won't be anywhere left for black Africans to go to anymore

      lwazi.zibi.7 - 2012-10-30 10:15

      Come on Eastern Cape... Whats happening? Increased by 3m. Ladies of Eastern Cape start handing over the Goods...

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-30 10:16

      Did they remember to include the 5 children Zuma had this month?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-30 10:17

      Now let's look at some other interesting figures. 51.8 million people in South Africa - and ONLY 4.8 MILLION ACTUALLY PAY INCOME TAX. Absolute fact! (13 million are registered, but only 4.8 million pay.) This contributes about 35% to SA's Budget. Then, only 792 000 businesses pay corporate tax, adding about another 22%. (And the ANC is forever bitching that 80% of businesses are White-owned.) That makes a total of 57%. Add in the VAT paid by the same people who pay income tax, and the figure rises to over two-thirds of SA's Budget income. Now guess who most of these people who pay for SA to run are? Most are certainly NOT supporters of the crooked, incompetent ANC regime. And there are 15 million people on social welfare, mostly paid for by the above-mentioned people. Makes you think, doesn't it? It is seriously time for change.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-30 10:24

      Oi! You lot need to seriously stop breeding! Our country can only sustain a certain number of people and given the shortage of electricity and increase in food prices it is pretty obvious that resources are taking strain, not to mention the shortage of work. We need our leaders to encourage people to stop having too many children. O wait, JZ and King Goodwill can't really say much. If the president can't encourage the nation to stop having too many children, who can??

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-30 14:50

      @Kevin - Jeez are you that d.u.m.b??? Nigerians,Somalis and congolese are not citizens so how are they going to vote genius??? Secondly what makes you think that they would vote for the ANC if there were able to vote.Only i.d.i.o.t.s of epic proportions make ignorant assumptions such as yours

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-10-30 20:41

      @Clifford , you are a prime example of the majority in the country! This is why you will only survive and never grow!!! I pity you!!!

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-10-31 05:31

      Still need to factor in the aprox population of around 5 million illegal immergrants... estimated... could be more

      Zahir - 2012-10-31 07:52

      How are the extra people going to survive when anc takes all money for there owne

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-10-31 08:01

      Zuma and Steve contributed to this

      gianni.blayse - 2012-10-31 14:45

      im white. I just want to say that claudia meads and alicia myburgh, two people that comment on this forum every day, both exemplify in their own way what is wrong with white south africa. one has a massive superiority complex which is only overshadowed by her brutal racism, and an incredibly skewed viewpoint on s.africa, present and past. her disdain for blacks is palpable, and her pseudointellectual rubbish and condescending tone just makes her seem like a spoilt white safa who has had servants her whole life. go live in the first world countries which you credit so much, and live as a middle class person, not as a little spoilt brat swimming in daddys money. alicia exemplifies white ignorance and a complete lack of understanding of the sociopolitical realities of s.a. if you are a poor white, NO ONE CARES. you still are educated, try being a native xhosa speaking, uneducated person from the townships with no hope. this is what a huge part of our population deals with and while you wander why they are 'lazy blacks', the reality is you have no understanding of what their lives are like and where they come from. p.s - zuma sucks

  • Jeremy - 2012-10-30 09:41

    Judging by the lack of growth in the Eastern Cape and the comparatively rapid growth of the population in the neighbouring Western Cape, it looks as though Helen Zille may have been right when she commented about "refugees" from the E Cape. Figures I have show that the percentage of black people living in the W Cape has grown from 21% in 1996 to 30% in 2011.

      litha.luzipo - 2012-10-30 09:53

      @Jeremy, If the starts above holds true then madam Zille and others have been exaggerating things. Its not a massive exodus of people from EC that invade WC. This growth is made of Mostly Somalis, Zimbabweans, nigerians, Ghananians, and other african states. It is a also made of other white south African who feel that Cape Town is thier prefered province, and lastly the unwelcomed people from eastern cape.

      Jeremy - 2012-10-30 10:07

      Hi Litha, you may be right about about people from other African countries heading for the W Cape. But the percentage of white people in the W Cape has dropped from 21% in 96 to 18% in 2011, so not too many extra whities in the province....

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-30 10:10

      You both can be right(although I doubt that much of the Somalis, Nigerians, etc. were counted), but what it shows you is the desperation of people for work and a stabilize life.

      pieter.calitz - 2012-10-30 10:22

      @litha.luzipo You cannot conclude that from the stats above. The reason why the EC might not be growing that much might be because so many people might be moving to the WC. Nowhere does the stats say where the people are coming from.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-30 10:32

      @reality. "The reason why the EC might not be growing that much might be because so many people might be moving to the WC." Or deaths in the Eastern Capes' non-functioning hospitals.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-30 11:31

      litha...a friend of mine teaches in gugulethu and tells me that half of the kids in his class are from the ec. they are economic and educational refugees dude. fact.

      litha.luzipo - 2012-10-30 15:22

      @Du toit, correct me if i'm wrong but i think that the main objective of census is to know the number of inhabitants in a country mainly for proper allocation of resources( "proper allocation" thats a debate for another day). For the rest of you guys: Please hear me right i'm not desputing the fact that most back south africans in Cape town are from EC who have been failed by government, But not everyone you see here is from EC. You see some of you can not tell a difference between a zimbabwean (or anywhere in africa) and south african. Most guys from neighboring countries claim to have come from eastern cape because the try to hide and escape being illtreated. Typical example is if you look at petrol stations, resturants and hotels are employing these guys. give your self a chance and listen to thier accent. Look at salt river, Cape town, woodstock and mobrew, who stays there Congolese, nigerians,and other foriegn countries.You will hardly find people from EC in these areas as accommodation is very expensive. Belville, Khayelitsha, Mitchels Plain, and other muslim dominated areas are congested with Somalis. May i also remind that these impovarished people from eastern cape are only in few areas of Cape Town namely, Khayelistsha,Kraaifontein,Nyanga and ofcouse the ever mashrooming informal settlements.

      fezekile.cokile - 2012-10-31 01:12

      so what?

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:07

      Litha... people from NORTH of the BEIT BRIDGE are VERY BLACK!!! You can recognise a Nigerian/Zimbo/Zambian/ et al, just by glancing at the DARNESS of their PIGMENTATION!

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2012-10-30 09:43

    "It also shows there are more women than men. " Lucky us :>

      foc.us.10004 - 2012-10-30 09:48

      They didn't say how pretty these women are!! lol

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-10-30 11:09

      True, but South Africa has some truly staggeringly beautiful women, so it's good news for us men, lol. \o/ I wonder why I got thumbs down :'(

      johny.stront - 2012-10-30 14:10

      must be the 8 gays on here.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-10-30 09:43

    Link to the full report?

  • shade.f.reaper - 2012-10-30 09:43

    Discovery Channel style xD

  • leonard.menge - 2012-10-30 09:44

    Did they count the dead? Just wondering.......

      philani.goba - 2012-10-30 10:13

      idiot!..but I'm alive and I wasnt counted

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:08

      The only time they ADD the DEAD is during ELECTION TIME!

      alistair.parkinson - 2012-10-31 13:19

      Mugabe style..........

  • jaydeeSA - 2012-10-30 09:45

    I wasn't counted, my boyfriend wasn't counted and I know a couple of other people who weren't counted. Makes me wonder how accurate these results are... ???

      Msika - 2012-10-30 10:00

      Who said this was the exact figure??

      mrova.blaza - 2012-10-30 10:07

      Why not ?

      foc.us.10004 - 2012-10-30 10:07

      So where the heck WERE you when they came to count??

      Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-30 10:25

      Who said you must play hide and seek with Stats SA????????you moron!!!!!

      dale.seema - 2012-10-30 10:26

      @JaydeeSA it is your fault and your bf fault and those people you know. You were told to report to Stats SA if you know of any people who were not counted. Please excuse your ignorance

      lungelo.yili - 2012-10-30 10:30

      but that how every census in the world is. they all have a error margin

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:09

      I too was not counted... I ws sitting at a COFFEE SHOP on LEIDSE PLEIN in Amsterdam.....

  • mukosit - 2012-10-30 09:46

    "It also shows there are more women than men. Of the 51.8 million, about 25.2 million are male, and 26.6 million are female". Time for seven women to love one man.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-30 10:20

      They already do. Ask Zuma

      merven.halo - 2012-10-31 08:27

      Maybe Zuma is not as stupid as I first thought. He knew!

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:12

      Jirre Bru... have you taken a look at Zuma's "OUSIES"???? I will be put OFF SEX if I have to wake up next to any of them!!!!!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-31 12:35

      True, but Zuma also is not a oil painting.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-30 09:47

    Would have been nice to have an article with a better breakdown, i.e. how many pre-schoolers, scholars, 18-25's, 26-40's, etc. etc. Knowing how many people we have is great, but I would love to know who pays their taxes and who is being supported by said tax payers.

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:13

      90% of WHITES PAY THE TAXES that support 95% of the nation.... It is called a JUXTAPOSITION....and a f**king JOKE!

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-10-31 12:17

      So go to the stats website you lazy excuse

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-30 09:48

    For a S.A.'s population to grow by over 15.5% in 10 years should sound alarm bells. Are our borders to porous? Holes in Government issued condoms? Is this proof that the SABC broadcasts rubbish and people are choosing procreation rather than recreation? One thing I can guess is that most of the increased population are probably poor, uneducated and unemployable.

      leonard.menge - 2012-10-30 09:52

      Rubbish racism filled comment, the reason I say so because all of what you mentioned seem to involve blacks? Why.....

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-10-30 10:07

      Unfortunately there are people crossing our borders looking for a better life, and while I think we have to sympathise with them, we are not in a position to help them, we ourselves have a high unemployement rate that the Tax payers need to support, but perhaps there in lies the problem not enough of our tax money is used where it is really needed. It is a huge increase, I think procreation needs to be taken into consideration, not from a race perspective but from a poverty sticken one, I would think that any parent (regardless of race) would want the best for their children, children are expensive to raise. No one person has more of a right to live over another.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-30 10:07

      @ John.turner it's impossible for people to procreate at this alarming rate,it's not as though procreating during apartheid was prohibited,obviously our border are porous.

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-30 10:08

      My comment was not racist as such. It is a worldwide phenominum that the poor and uneducated (no matter what the colour of their skin) in general have many more children. Unfortunately in S.A. the predominate skin colour of the poor is black, but there are many white poor who also have more children than they can afford.

      ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-30 10:11

      Nope, it is the ease of access to the social grants the government hands out to every Tom, DICK(s) and Harry. That is why the growth rate is so high.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-30 10:12

      Yes yes. Then us ,including you leonard and lesego will have to feed these idiots. The phrase you breed them , you feed them should apply. Why should those of us who plan our family according to what we can afford have to subsidise the putred garbage's children. Zuma is a perfect example , illiterate can't keep his pants on but we must pay for it. If we stop all social grants then sure.Let the morons breed.

      leonard.menge - 2012-10-30 10:17

      They are many solutions if you feel uncozy with the current population. You can start a war,genocide,famine,EUGENICS I,e selective breeding,mass sterilization. Or what I think would work for everyone find methods to improve the economy to make everone smile as is the case in G8 countries....

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-10-30 11:12

      // Holes in Government issued condoms? // When people staple "how to" guides to the condom packets .. yeah, some condoms are probably a bit holy.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-10-30 11:13

      leonard.menge : You really need to remove that chip.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-30 09:48

    In spite of this huge increase in the population, the Western Cape stayed on top with service delivery. Shows you.

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:17

      W/Cape understands the request for SERVICE DELIVERY.... ANC run (sic) provinces are there to PLUNDER the COFFERS and to offer FALSE PROMISES... Nothing else..

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-30 09:52

    Mr Zuma i am sure you smiled when you read that there are more women than men,,,You know you score some bonus

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 10:12

      Thts nw being disrespectful we knw he is not our favorite bt Dnt drag zuma in this ,Mxm dumb arz

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 10:13

      Thts nw being disrespectful we knw he is not our favorite bt Dnt drag zuma in this coz ull have me to deal with ,Mxm dumb arz

      Steven - 2012-10-30 10:19

      If your spelling is anything to go by, we have lot to fear from you right?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-30 10:20

      lol. I had the same thought. Maybe his idea is not to bad. He must just do it with his own money. lol!!!!

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-30 10:27

      mbuti, yu is obvusly a gret xampel off Sefrican Edumaction judjing frum yur spellin

      Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-30 11:22

      Mbuti sorry,bt I guess he also promised your mother or sister marriage...oooops

      art5SA - 2012-10-31 09:19

      Mbuti.... fine example of a 2012 VOTER... Cannot string a sentence together using proper "WEDS"...

  • johan.debruin.925 - 2012-10-30 09:52

    Prove that people in the Eastern Cape is less bored than in the rest of South Africa :-)

      Jeremy - 2012-10-30 10:03

      No, proof they're all heading to the Western Cape where the living is better!

      lungelo.yili - 2012-10-30 10:37

      no dude, they move to jo'burg and western cape because theres better opportunities

  • Sphiwe - 2012-10-30 09:53

    Imagine zuma and his friends are fooling 51.8 millions of people but i am not one of them i told them not to count me in.

  • rixile.brilliant - 2012-10-30 09:54

    Good news, the are more women than man in south Africa

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 09:54

    This is due to poor border control and visa fraud to name the few ,what do these nigerians,zimbabweans,swazis ,pakistans,somalis etc contribute to this country anyway? They must be deployed bck to their countries coz we are dealing with enough sh* already ,am I ryt or am I ryt?? :)

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-30 10:35

      2013 AFCON is coming ,yall haven't seen nothing yet!!!!

      tumelo009 - 2012-10-30 15:17

      Black South African are just so weird,we live in a global village. you sit and complain that foreingers are taking everything while you sitting and doing nothing. How many of you are trying to start small businesses (go to most of the barber shops in Johannesburg most are owned by foreigners) all the Africans come here because they see they can improve their livelyhoods, while you groaning and moaning they take your wealth and leave.

      tumelo009 - 2012-10-30 15:24

      Only thing you interested in is sex, easy money and alcohol. Tell them about education and hardwork its like you insulting them. Wake up guys, our african brothers are not the problem your laziness is.

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-10-30 09:56

    Do u know where they come from. Zim.Somalia,Moz,Bot etc ect next census the number will be 80 million thats when will start to eat each other.

      tumelo009 - 2012-10-30 15:32

      Yes they come to grab all the opportunities that you guys are neglecting.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-30 09:57

    No wonder our economy is in such a state, 5 Million Supporting the other 46 Million, cannot sustain this for much longer!

      auntie.lebo - 2012-10-30 10:06

      Wow really?

  • Msika - 2012-10-30 09:58

    Add legal Nigerians and other foreigners to that number and you will have a whooping 100 million people staying in SA. We're a F!ck##d!!

  • nkululeko.ngubane.165 - 2012-10-30 09:58

    I wonder why the Northern Cape is the least attractive province considering its size???..

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-10-30 10:19

      There's only Kimberley and the big hole...and it's very cold in winter. Lived there for a couple of years...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-30 10:29

      nkululeko it is a poorer province. Dry, hot, cold, far stretches in between. The mine industries(diamond, copper, etc.) are mostly closing down or are already closed. Shishen area shown a massive growth, but the rest mainly doing agriculture and in most of the province you need very big farms to maintain one farmer and his worker. Being from there I still believe the "jewel" is lying in the people.

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-10-30 09:59

    The extra 7 mil is from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and I heard Rwandans this morning. Get rid of these people and we can be free in S.A.

      auntie.lebo - 2012-10-30 10:04

      We can't get rid of legal foreigners nor should we have to but the illegal ones I agree.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-10-30 10:00

    mmm Clifford. With the current muddiness that is the ANC, one wonders what you are so proud about

  • musaasaph.mashila - 2012-10-30 10:02

    We all know the real reason fo the Census was to help the president count his children. The census however is not disclosing how many children the honourable president has.

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-10-30 10:03

    80% of the population are foreigners,good for anc 2014 vote

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-30 10:08

      Um, foreigners are not allowed to vote. Only South African citizens are allowed to vote...........

      foc.us.10004 - 2012-10-30 10:13

      This drinking habit of yours at work so early in the morning is going to get you into serious trouble!! I see that coming .....

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-30 10:15

      And I bet that come 2014 all illegal foreigners will have valid SA ID's to vote....

  • Msika - 2012-10-30 10:03

    Add illegal Nigerians and other foreigners to that number and you will have a whooping 100 million people staying in SA. We're a F!ck##d!!

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-10-30 10:04

    "It also shows there are more women than men. Of the 51.8 million, about 25.2 million are male, and 26.6 million are female" Our president is not so dumb afterall, cause if one man marries only one wife there will be an imbalance in the country.No lady deserves to stay alone gentlemen so lets spread some love.

  • ken.koen - 2012-10-30 10:04

    Yes, and half of them bloody illegal aliens. Nigerian criminals, Chinese triads smuggling Rhino horn, perlemoen, drugs and humans. Pakistanis saturating the East rand, and of course refugees, criminals and all sorts from the rest of Africa, and not to forget all the East European CRIMINALS. And they continue to flock in while the government does NOTHING about it!

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-30 10:08

    With so few in the Northern Cape, they still managed to skip our whole street. Oh wait, perhaps that's why the figure is so low. Incompetent.

  • darryl.scott.77770 - 2012-10-30 10:12

    What a load of Horse S#it. How do they count the millions in the locations? and people without an address.? By helicopter?

  • sthera.mtemekwana - 2012-10-30 10:13

    This census thing is an estimate not an accurate figure.. Am saying that because from where I stay we never had census employees to count us,

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-10-30 10:16

    I read a report somewhere that states that sa has the most immigrants in the world.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-30 10:17

    I am not surprised. From Mozambique and the other African countries. All illegal but brought in for votes.

  • dickson.sithole.9 - 2012-10-30 10:18

    Does this include all the Nigerians living in Hillbrow ?

  • barry.buckham - 2012-10-30 10:18

    Did they count da illegal individuals in dis country??????i tink those numbers r way below da actual figure

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-30 10:18

    When the population is growing so is the land it grows too.

      foc.us.10004 - 2012-10-30 10:27

      Yes I saw last week they added 100 hectares to Durban ... and 200 hectares at Polokwane to build low cost housing .... stoopid ....

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-10-30 10:39

      I think a lesson from China may be a good example of this Issa, we only have so many resources, and we are already struggling to help those we currently have to deal with. We need to be more responsible about our poputlation than that unfortunately, while I like the positive essence of your comment, unfortunately the reality is a bit different.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-30 10:21

    Oh no there aren't... there are 51,800,001. No-one counted me!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-30 10:22

    i heard a shocking statistic the other day, that the amount of south Africans , true south Africans in 25 million, the rest are foreigners, do you know how prosperous south africa would be as far as jobs and crime would be, there would be alot of jobs available and therefore way way less crime, wow, imagine that people

  • duduzile.nkosi - 2012-10-30 10:28

    Too many people tjo

  • frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-30 10:30

    I heard that the actual population is approx 78 million with all the immigrants etc...

  • flyswat - 2012-10-30 10:31

    what they're really saying is there are 151 million -- I don't know any people that were actually counted.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-30 10:35

    Which I am pretty sure is about 15-20 million too many. You can write off a better life for all when the odds are this heavily stacked against the provisions this country can sustainably offer. Seeing as 95%+ of HIV/AIDS cases are 'self inflicted' despite more than sufficient warnings of the danger associated with casual/promiscuous/unprotected etc. sex, lets disinvest from suppling anti-retrovirals by the state . The same can apply to smoking/drinking related illnesses. Apologies that this attitude is insensitive....but let's just call it tough love.

      carryn.whittaker - 2012-10-31 20:09

      What will you do with the 5%- that you assume contract Hiv through a channel that is not 'self inflicted'? Let the innocents die?\r\n\r\nI think that all Hiv positive people deserve treatment. If they are not in a position to pay for it I think the state has a moral responsibility to do so. If not for the infected then for the rest of us. Ignoring a global pandemic because you feel the infected deserve it it a fools errand. \r\n\r\nWith treatment the victims of Hiv/Aids (and yes they are victims) can continue to provide for their families and contribute to our economy. The reality of suspending treatment programs would be many more people falling below the breadline and much more of a burden on the state. \r\n\r\nYour proposal would also cause people that you assume innocent to die because you think that some of the people that have the disease deserve to have it.\r\n\r\nAt least Mbeki was a denialist you however are saying Hiv/Aids exists now let's find a way not to pay for it. This is our country and the infected are our brothers and sisters. We cannot turn our backs on them in an attempt to save a few bucks.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-31 21:32

      mantlekilo the thing about being human is that you should also have feelings, you dear dont have any. What you are saying is actually already implemented, you dont get arv's unless you were raped. This is the one that kills the virus within 72 hours of exposure. If you exposed yourself to it you buy it yourself.

  • caralee.arendse - 2012-10-30 10:47

    Last year my household was completely missed by the consensus. I contacted the consensus through one of their advertised contact emails to tell them they had missed our home.... they responded and said they would send someone out within two weeks... It never happened.. I do not live in some rural, tough to access area. I live in Cape Town CBD... if they so blatantly missed my household... how could I believe any of these stats?

      magomarele - 2012-10-30 11:35

      They probably counted you among the dead. I suggest you approach constitutional court.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-31 21:34

      Oh f** off, go to varisty do some stats otherwise shut the hell up. They obviously didnt count everyone, what makes you so special that they send someone out for you. Too many people who failed maths commenting here.

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-10-30 10:50

    I was nt counted so we 51 770 561 in SA. Steady growth in EC is mainly due to migration to either GP, KZN o WP. If there z more women than men it means we should encourage poligamy, lol.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-30 10:50

    Overcrowded South Africa with more coming into the country everyday and the crime rate is increasing.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-31 22:19

      More people is good for the economy...if they are educated and contribute. So dont complain about the number of people, complain that uneducated numbers are growing.

  • Mark.PR.Kirby - 2012-10-30 10:54

    I know of a lot of people that where not even counted both in the WC and the EC. How can we trust this census to even be correct

      kabelobernard.mokone - 2012-10-30 11:03

      Statistics is not always accurate,that's why it works with probability...estimates not exact figures.E.g. 1counted person may died,and few babies be born after census! U could see the figure cannot be exact,only estimation!

      ivan.goodman.77 - 2012-10-30 17:33

      So you conducted a census of the people that was not counted?

  • thifulufhelwi.masala - 2012-10-30 10:57

    Its tym we aply chinese rules now because out of all those people 30m depends on grants

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-30 11:08

    Was it an Affirmative Action count? Nobody I know was counted!

      flyswat - 2012-10-30 21:47

      I can't think of a single person I know that was counted.

  • paul.santo.545 - 2012-10-30 11:35

    our government uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts - for support rather than for illumination.

  • remzamotaung - 2012-10-30 12:12

    thise is not gud for the economy of SA.where does thise 7 milloion ppl come from? its time our governmt do somethin about ppl comin to south africa.

      teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-30 13:45

      Do you know what a Census is?

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-31 22:32

      Is that the new buzzword in town now? 'not good for the economy' how is more people not good for the economy because they will need to eat etc, i think you should try use other words hey, or maybe dont refer to economics when you didnt do it. Maybe try say its not good for crime.

  • mouwane - 2012-10-30 12:13

    I think its time we reviewed ONE CHILD POLICY