Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) new Statistician-General, Mr Risenga Maluleke, took over the helm of the organisation on 01 November 2017. Mr Maluleke has 20 years of experience in the organisation, having been appointed as head of the Limpopo office in 1997, before moving to Head Office in 2000 to drive the transformation agenda of the organisation as it found its feet as a post-apartheid National Statistical Office.

Mr Maluleke was appointed as Deputy Director-General for Statistical Collection and Outreach in 2008, a position that saw him being responsible for the coordination of provincial activities, as well as communication, marketing, stakeholder relations and international relations.

Mr Maluleke’s appointment was announced by the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at a press conference on 20 October 2017.

Mr Maluleke’s extensive experience in the organisation is backed by his qualifications, which include a BSc: Mathematical Statistics from the University of Limpopo, and an MPhil: Urban and Regional Science from Stellenbosch University. He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes with Wits and Harvard Business Schools.

In his first day at Statistician-General Mr Maluleke visited a school in Khayelitsha as part of the International Population Conference’s outreach programme, to encourage learners to study the sciences.