Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has confirmed that it will announce the results of Census 2022 on October 10. On that day, Statistician General Risenga Maluleke will present the census report to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria.
The report will contain extensive information about the country’s population size, demographic trends, and service delivery-related data, according to Maluleke, who responded to an inquiry from GroundUp.
The current statistics, which are from the 2011 Census, are over a decade old.
Census 2022 marks the fourth population and housing count in post-apartheid South Africa, following those conducted in 1996, 2001, and 2011.
Maluleke stated that Stats SA will release its findings in phases, following a practice adopted by many other countries.
Census Project Director Calvin Molongoana previously explained that the country was originally supposed to be counted in October 2021, but the preparations were significantly affected by the Covid pandemic.
In December 2021, Mondli Gungubele, the former Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation, officially set the census date for February 2, 2022.
The latest census, due to Covid concerns, was conducted differently from previous ones. Molongoana mentioned that people often had reservations about Census staff entering their homes for security and crime-related reasons, and Covid added to these concerns.
As a result, Census 2022 became South Africa’s first digital census, allowing people to participate through computer-assisted web or telephonic interviews. However, most households opted for in-person interviews with fieldworkers, and nearly 100,000 fieldworkers were employed for this purpose.
Following the conclusion of the count, Stats SA has been working on a post-enumeration survey to independently assess the census’s accuracy by surveying a sample of the population, as explained by Molongoana.