Census 2022: Deadline extended for Western Cape residents

(Photo by Gallo Images/Misha Jordaan)
(Photo by Gallo Images/Misha Jordaan)
  • The census deadline has been extended to 31 May, to accommodate the Western Cape. 
  • Alan Winde says residents risk losing out on government services if the province gets less money from Treasury.
  • The census can be done online. 

The census deadline was extended to 31 May for people in the Western Cape to be counted. 

Premier Alan Winde urged residents to complete the census questions, else the province would lose significant funding.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke set the last chance deadline to 31 May. 

Winde said only 70% of the Western Cape had been counted, adding that those who had not been counted must do so urgently.

He said:

This is the only feasible way we can ensure that as many residents as possible get counted and that our province gets its fair share of the national budget.

According to Winde, this is what the Western Cape could lose if only 70% of the residents are counted:

- Funding equivalent to 1 615 doctors or 5 981 nurses; 

- Funding for over approximately 9 300 teachers;

- R9.7 billion of the budget or over 16% of the provincial equitable share. Of this, R2.6 billion is taken off health funding and R4.2 billion off the education budget, with smaller departments also suffering losses.

"In short, service delivery in the Western Cape will suffer a major blow across the board if residents do not make sure they are counted.

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"To those of you who have not yet done so, please use this extension to ensure that you and your household get counted. We all must play our part, so that critical services, like schools and healthcare facilities, continue to work - for you."

The last extension bumped the percentage from 49% to 70% - but StatsSA needs this to be higher.

This is how you can be counted: 

• Complete the census questionnaire when visited by an official StatsSA counter;

• Complete the census questionnaire via this link to StatsSA: here;

• Contact the census call centre for any enquiries on 0800 110 248 or email census2022@statssa.gov.za. 

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