Stats SA begins process of questionnaire consultation for Census 2021

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will be conducting the 4th population census in a democratic dispensation in 2021. Information collected from the census is crucial for proper planning in the country.

Consultations on census themes and questions form part of mandatory census planning activities as prescribed in the Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Census[1]. The planning phase of user consultations on Census 2021 questions is essential in ensuring that the needs of data users are carefully considered and balanced, taking into account considerations of data quality, respondent burden and cost-effectiveness.

It is, therefore, important that Stats SA consults with various stakeholders such as national departments, provincial and local government, researchers, academic institutions, and the general public to ensure better understanding of the country’s data needs.

Stats SA plans to conduct a Mini-Test for Census 2021 in October this year (2019). The Census 2021 questionnaire will be tested in the Mini-Test.

The dates for the workshops are as follows. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops please contact the relevant provincial staff member as indicated:

Province Date Contact person
Northern Cape Wednesday 15th May 2019
Mpumalanga Tuesday 21st May 2019
Free State Friday 24th May 2019
Limpopo Tuesday 28th May 2019
North West Wednesday 29th May 2019
Gauteng Friday 31st May 2019
Eastern Cape Tuesday 4th  2019
KwaZulu-Natal Wednesday 5th June 2019
Western Cape Thursday 6th June 2019


Statistics South Africa also welcomes your inputs through online submissions and manual (posted in form of a letter). Comprehensive inputs from potential and existing census data users will assist in producing relevant Census data and products.

To download the 2020 round of Censuses UN core questions and 2011 data items click here

To download the Census 2021 Content Final presentation Provincial user consultation click here

To download the Census 2011 Q and A click here


Please send online submissions to:, or

Both manual and electronic submissions are open for the months of May and June 2019.


For hard copy submissions, use mailing address below:


Nozipho Shabalala

Census Inputs & Output Workstream Manager

Statistics South Africa

ISIbalo House

1 Koch Street




Thank you for taking the time to be involved in the consultation process of determining Census 2021 content.

[1] Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Census, Revision 2. This is a reference document on management aspects of planning and executing a successful Census.