South Africa: Stats SA to Focus On Census 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will give concerted focus to completing its work with regards to the national census over the 2022/23 financial year.

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said this when he presented the budget vote speech for the agency in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Gungubele tabled a R2.8 billion budget plan for Stats SA and indicated that the agency has received an additional allocation of:

R132 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period to fill critical vacancies that has been vacant since October 2016.

R206 million over the MTEF period to conduct the Income and Expenditure Survey.

R105 million for 2022/23 for the post enumeration survey and other census activities.

“In the 2022/23 financial year, we will focus our efforts on the processing and analysis of the census data. A post enumeration survey will be conducted in June 2022 to assess the over and/or undercount of the census. This has been a difficult census and all things being equal, the organisation will report the results to the nation next year this time.

“We are now at the tail-end of data collection for Census 2022. To date, we have completed the census count for eight of the nine provinces. We are currently wrapping-up our census collection activities in the Western Cape,” he said.

Gungubele said in addition to this, more than 200 releases are planned for the financial year.