In South Africa, the role of producing timely, accurate, and official statistics in order to advance economic growth, development, and democracy falls on the shoulders of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).
And reports coming from the institution says that Stats SA will be carrying out a 2016 Community Survey. To this effect, its field workers around the state will visit sampled households from Monday to collect data during the exercise.
The survey was launched on Monday 29 February with a call to citizens open up their doors and allow the team to come in because their welfare is paramount in South Africa counts.
The launch was held in Mamelodi East near Pretoria, at the Ikageng Community Hall, one of 330 venues around the country where the fieldworkers receive training.
The last CS was carried out in 2011 and it is Stats SA’s second-largest undertaking after the census.
Speaking in statement, the organization related that “This large-scale household sample survey, which happens between censuses, will provide official statistics at municipal level to enhance planning, monitoring, and evaluation at this level of governance.”
The field workers are expected to visit about 1.3 million sampled households in every part of the country from March 7 to April 22.
During the exercise, questions on demography, age, sex, income, access to water, sanitation, housing, ownership of assets, household economic activity and other vital information would be garnered from households.
The organization also revealed that results of the 2016 Community Survey will be published by the end of June.
“It is anticipated that the CS 2016 results will be released by the end of June, which will be within two months after data collection is completed, a massively reduced turnaround time in comparison to other large-scale surveys previously conducted by Stats SA.
Speaking further via the statement, Stats SA stated that digital technology will boost the efficiency and size of the survey. As fieldworkers will be able to capture it on electronic devices instead of filling out households’ information on paper,
“This is relatively due to the use of advanced methods of data collection adopted by Stats SA, which also makes this undertaking highly efficient”
Fieldworkers contracted by Stats SA would carry official ID cards, which included a hologram image to verify authenticity. The ID card had to be produced when visiting sampled homes.
In 1996, Statistics South Africa produced its first census result, followed by that of 2001 as well as the results of the 2011 Census which they also released.
The organization was previously known as the “Central Statistical Service”
Meanwhile, reports said that fieldworkers contracted by Stats SA would carry official ID cards, which included a hologram image to verify authenticity. The ID card had to be produced when visiting sampled home.
And Sowetan Live reports that Stats SA may be contacted through the call centre on 0800-110-248 or by sending e-mail to [email protected] for public queries relating to the survey.