Monday, October 10, 2011

Census 2011 is upon us !!!

"Every Person Must Be Counted" -- Says Minister Trevor Manual

Speaking in the National Assembly the Minister in the Presidency tasked with the National Planning Commission indicated it is in the interest of all South Africans to be counted in Census 2011. He said the greatest risk was people who did not want to be enumerated. Previous undercounts were caused by enumerators not gaining access to all gated communities, informal settlements and remote rural areas.

He reminded members of the National Assembly that in terms of Section 16 of the 1999 Statistics Act when it comes to a census, “every person .... must to the best of his or her ... knowledge and belief, and subject to the right to dignity and privacy, answer, when required all questions put orally or in writing... "

Anyone refusing to answer a question, or who knowingly provides a false answer, could, if convicted, be liable to a fine of up to R10 000 or six months imprisonment or both.

How Long Will It Take To Complete The Questionnaire?

Trial tests conducted indicated that an individual answering all the questions in a household representing ten people will need about 45 minutes to complete the questionnaire

Pieter Rautenbach


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