Security measures for census 2011

2011-10-04 22:35

Johannesburg - A number of measures have been put in place in an attempt to allay public security fears about the approaching census, Statistics SA (Stats SA) said on Tuesday.

"I would like to appeal to the police to monitor Census 2011 cars and to secure public confidence in census around issues of security," said Statistician General Pali Lehohla in a statement.

Steps had also been taken by Stats SA to help the public identify legitimate census enumerators (counters).

All field workers would carry identification cards bearing a hologram-protected photograph.

Statistics SA said earlier that it would distribute 2.8 million posters bearing pictures of census-takers before the count started, as part of its "Know your Enumerator" campaign.

The public could also phone 0800-110-248 to verify an enumerator's credentials.

Census 2011 begins on Monday and lasts until October 31.

Stats SA met the United Nations Population Fund on Tuesday to discuss how foreign nationals would be counted.

  • proudandpink - 2011-10-04 22:41

    Firstly, the phone will not be answered. Secondly, this census is totally unnecessary. The ANClowns don't do anything anyway, so what's the point? Thirdly, SA is filled with criminals and no assurances by the ANCrime Syndicate is going to change this. They are the criminals. Fourthly, COUNT ME OUT! I refuse to disclose any information to this corrupt bunch of thieves. Never have and never will. Come and arrest me now if you like, but I will NOT participate and let you know how many toilets, bedrooms, cars, TVs, etc. I have. It has NOTHING to do with the thieves calling themselves the ANC.

      Christo - 2011-10-04 23:51

      The official Redneck Census Form: Last name: _______________________ First name: (Check appropriate box) (_)Billy-Bob (_)Billy-Joe (_)Billy-Ray (_)Billy-Sue (_)Billy-Mae (_)Billy-Jack What does everyone call you? (_)Booger (_)Bubba (_)Junior (_)Sissy (_)Other____________ Age:____ (if unsure,guess) Sex:____ M ____ F ____Not sure Shoe size:____ Left ____ Right Occupation:(Check appropriate box) (_)Farmer (_)Mechanic (_)Hair Dresser (_)Unemployed (_)Dirty Politician (_)Preacher Spouse's Name:_____________ 2nd Spouse's Name:_______________ 3rd Spouse's Name:_______________ Lover's Name:_______________ Relationship with spouse:(Check appropriate box) (_)Sister (_)Brother (_)Aunt (_)Uncle (_)Cousin (_)Mother (_)Father (_)Son (_)Daughter (_)Pet Number of children living in the home:_____ Number of the children living in the shed:_____ Number that are yours:_____ Mother's Name:____________________(If not sure, leave blank) Father's Name:____________________(If not sure, leave blank) Education: 1 2 3 4 (Circle highest grade commpleted) (Check appropriate box) Total number of vehicles you own:___ Number of vehicles that still crank:___ Number of vehicles in front yard:___ Number of vehicles in the back yard:___ Number of vehicles on cement blocks:___ Firearms you own and where you keep them: ____truck ____bedroom ____bathroom ____kitchen ____shed Model and year of your pickup:196_

      Honestly - 2011-10-05 06:44

      Agreed. What I possess, how I live etc. has nothing to do with the chief herrdsman and his corrupt cronies. Let them come to my gate. Have 2 hungry Rottweilers that will answer all their questions

      Mr Wendal - 2011-10-05 10:00

      Everybody in South Africa has a RICA'd cell phone, correct? Why not do a census via cell phone? It will be cheaper, faster and less expensive plus I don't have to let a prospective crook into my home.

      Wollie - 2011-10-05 12:46

      Don't know if I understand it correctly, but they count you only if you were in the physical border of the country on 9 October. If you were abroad on that night, you will not be counted. so guess where I was.

      LBS - 2011-10-05 16:45

      They want to make plans on whose house must be "SHARED" with the poor, whether you like it or not. (How can two Pensioners stay in a 4 bedroomed house? or something like that). Forget it, I won't open the gate!

      FengaPapit - 2011-10-10 10:41

      These people manage to immitate police and rob people and now the police must stop them from immitating census people wahahahaha!!! This place at least makes me laugh everyday!!

      My Father - 2011-10-12 15:20

      What is the point? I can give you the answer. (1) Create 12.5m temporary jobs for blacks (2) Use the data to plan corruption (3) Data release in 2013 so ZUMA has a reason to serve 2nd term (4) More corruption again.

  • blacksonly - 2011-10-04 23:31

    Criminals are definitely arranging their own census gear. its an opportunity not worth missing. please South African be awake and eyes wide open.

  • Vuzi - 2011-10-04 23:39

    Count your blood money ANC, count the plastic bags next to the road, count the dead children on the roads, count the potholes, count the shacks, count the millions of zimbabweans, nigerians and somalians living in the city parks, count the unemployed, count the rhinos, count the empty bottles jonny walker in luthuli house, count the number of learners passing matric, count the number of dead farmers, count the number of productive farms left, count the aids graves in KZN, count the dead babies in baragwanath, count the number of working sewerage plants, count the number of qualified municipal audits, count the 4M taxpayers, count the 16M grant receivers, count your bloody days ANC. You won't count me.

      proudandpink - 2011-10-05 01:38

      Comment of the week!

      Dave from Bulawayo - 2011-10-05 06:15


      sa4all - 2011-10-05 08:51

      Love it,@list some people are awake

      Ray Miller - 2011-10-05 09:18

      Well said and I am sure all us civilized South Africans agree with you

      allinthemind - 2011-10-05 12:35

      They're not getting any entry into my house. That's for sure ! Count us via SARS or by our ID's - those that are not fake or stolen!

  • frankm - 2011-10-04 23:40

    Fully agree with Proud and Pink, what I have and dont have is my business and nobody elses. They will not enter my property

  • Janine - 2011-10-04 23:52

    I am prepared to tell them how many people live in our house but that is it. I will not tell them whether or not I own a TV, laptop etc.

  • Johan - 2011-10-04 23:53

    Twice my family has been robbed by criminals posing as police officers. I'm sure by now they have all got hologram - protected photos, and their photos on the "Know your enumerator" campaign. I'm hoping the census will have a place for crime-traumatised families, raped individuals, hi-jacked people. Murder does not count, once murdered you do not have a vote anymore.

  • IsThatAFact - 2011-10-05 06:20

    Don't hold your breath I'm still waiting for them to visit from the last census

  • Agro - 2011-10-05 06:49

    I will not let anyone into my property. Forgery is rife and I haven't seen any of these so-called posters. If I don't know you, you don't come in....

  • Shorts1 - 2011-10-05 07:10

    Why does Statistics SA not make a copy of the actual Census 2011 questionnaire readily available on their website?? By doing this they may get much more support for this extremely expensive exercise, provided that all the questions appear reasonable, otherwise it will become yet another classic example of a complete waste of taxpayers' money by the ANC. Given the current circumstance in the South Africa of today, we try as hard as we can to live 'below the radar' as much as ppractically possible, within all legal parameters. Therefore if this questionnare contains any specific questions to which the answers are not effectively in our best interests and / or threaten to comprise our situation in any significant manner, by making us divulge information that is not for general public consumption, they are not going to get all that they are hoping to get from us. The fact that this actual questionnaire is unavailable, makes us feel less supportive of the process in that there is a perception that Statistics SA have something to hide. There is still time to make this document available electronically to all who are perhaps also somewhat concerned.

      Fed Up - 2011-10-05 07:25

      It is available (or a relatively) accurate version of the 75 questions they intend to ask. Look on the census 2011 web page under the "census archives" section, scroll down, in the page that opens and near the bottom are the 3 dress rehearsal questionnaires. USA census 2010 - 10 questions / SA census 2011 - 75 questions. I will not be answering any questions which identify me as an individual or any questions I deem private, including the questions about my household income, health status, value of my property, etc, Section 16.2(a) of the statistics act specifies my duty to answer questions SUBJECT to the right to dignity and privacy, and I decide what's private, not Stats SA...

  • CHONBON - 2011-10-05 07:23

    I live in PE and heard last week that one of the field workers missed his day in court for charges of robbery last week as he was on census training. His court date was obviously postponed. Now why would i let anyone into my home???

  • burtfred - 2011-10-05 08:00

    As far as the ANC is concerned, I don't count because I'm not a member of their gang. They can take their census forms and get stuffed. They won't be allowed into my home.

  • Tanya Nel - 2011-10-05 08:01

    My question is... when do "they" intend coming past our houses... when we are all at work - NO WAYS will they be coming around at night! count me out as well.

      Nicholas Smith - 2011-10-05 08:13

      apparently we are meant to be at home in the evenings and not live lives but sit and wait for census people to arrive. Not that they can enter a security estate with out approved permission previously obtained.

  • Maddi - 2011-10-05 08:22

    And do they really think that the criminals can't get their hands on these items? A bib, an identification card, etc? My rottweiler says you can leave the form in my mailbox and collect it later, or wait at the gate for me to complete.

  • Simon Bosman - 2011-10-05 09:03

    i fully agree. how can you trust anyone to enter your home. the next thing you know is that the id cards are fake and rape and murder will happen in your own home . its South Africa people not Uk. say that yes do a internet based census that allows you to disclose info to your own computer and its safe. Anyway all they want to know is how much we earn so we can pay more tax for the rural people. If you take it their is people that stay in rural areas and urn more than what i am. they live on the breadline because they choose to live that way. why spend 5000 on rent if you can drive a fancy car and still end up getting free government housing, water and electricity and don't forget the more children you have the more government handouts you get. why why why

  • Moi1980 - 2011-10-05 09:14

    As far as I am concerned, I will not be letting anyone into my home. They can stand at the gate and I'll tell them how many people live in the house and their ages and that is it.

  • marietspeel - 2011-10-05 09:35

    I will take photographs of the official, his/her card and Id and send it to a relative before allowing them to enter. If they don't allow ... I don't allow.

  • Playnice - 2011-10-05 09:41

    I received this yesterday, but not sure of its accuray. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist? 1. If a Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. 2. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. 3. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home. 4. Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. 5. Do not give your identity number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the Census. REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS. 6. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

      Tanya Nel - 2011-10-05 14:26

      If all they want to know is how many people live at your address, why are there 75 questions!!! I want see who steps into my yard with my boerbull....

  • Dave Tree - 2011-10-05 15:18

    sorry but I wont be home on Sunday the 9 of October for Census, Ill be at church praying for the ANC's demise

  • Michele - 2011-10-10 10:33

    you could phone to verify credentials of censor people? we all know nobody will answer those phones. we all know what the answer (if you get one) will be: eish I dont know.

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