The South Africa I know,

The Home I Understand

Purpose of official statistics, and statistical principles

3. (1) The purpose of official statistics is to assist organs of state, businesses, other organisations or the public in—
(a) planning;
(b) decision-making or other actions;
(c) monitoring or assessment of policies, decision-making or other actions.
(2) Official statistics must protect the confidentiality of the identity of, and the information provided by, respondents and be—
(a) relevant, accurate, reliable and timeous;
(b) objective and comprehensive;
(c) compiled, reported and documented in a scientific and transparent manner;
(d) disseminated impartially;
(e) accessible;
(f) in accordance with appropriate national and international standards and classifications; and
(g) sensitive to distribution by gender, disability, region and similar socio-economic features.