Stats SA failed to meet data collection target in 2022 census – SABC News


Statistics South Africa says it has not met the target it has set for itself in terms of collecting demographic data for the 2022 census.

Statistics South Africa’s communications manager, Trevor Oosterwyk, said they will have to look for ways to collect around 40% of the outstanding data in the remaining two weeks.

Census field workers’ contracts expire on Sunday, with some crying foul for not being paid. Others say they signed contracts and received tablets to collect data, but did not work as field workers.

Stats SA will conduct its first digital population census 2022 in February

A young woman from Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal – who did not want her name used – currently lives in Berea in Johannesburg’s CBD. She says that after earning a degree in financial management and spending more than a year at home, she seized the opportunity to become a two-handed census fieldworker.

“The fieldwork is doable, worth it and the pay is good. I paid the rent for the apartment and sent some of the money home and saved the rest.

She says she is grateful to have had the opportunity to work as a field officer for the census and that this experience has taught her patience.

“In this business, you have to be patient. You go to visit a person, sometimes you have to go three times. You go today you do not find them; you go tomorrow the same and the next day. When you find them, you make an appointment, say they say come on Sunday when you arrive, they tell you they don’t have time so they rush to church. And they tell you to come late at night and as you know here in town there is a crime problem, you had to have someone come with you.

However, an East Rand mother of three, who also does not want to be named for fear of being victimized, has not done any census work despite having signed a contract to be a supervisor of workers in the field and that she received a tablet. She also took the 10-day training, took the assessment test and passed it. But she says she spent time and money traveling between her East Rand home and Christ the King Church in Johannesburg’s CBD to find out why she was not placed.

“I’m the one who made the effort to come here, sometimes I get here and I can’t find them. I have to buy R55 airtime every day to make calls and know exactly what is going on. Where I stay there are no taxis that come directly here. So every time I ask for phone call service it’s R47 to come here and another one to get home. I have been here I don’t know how many times since the beginning of February I have been coming here.

This left her discouraged. She says she is tired of promising her children to buy things for them as soon as she gets paid.

“It’s so depressing and stressful that I don’t want to lie to you because we as black people, a lot of us don’t work, we want to grab this opportunity with both hands. But the way they treat us. And the contract ends tomorrow, yet they call us saying come to church, come to church but they’re not there.

Oosterwyk says they are aware of the challenges and are dealing with them.

“It is true that there were people who did not get paid, it is a difficult time for people and people are getting impatient, they expect to be paid and the fact is that they will be paid and many of them have already been paid. The administrative process is to complete the details on PERSAL, for the government, this is where you get paid from. It takes longer than expected and there are mistakes like your ID is wrong, your bank details are wrong and there are a lot of them,” adds Oosterwyk.


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