Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will conduct a Pilot Census in selected areas across the country to prepare for the upcoming census. Registration for households/institutions to be counted in the Pilot Census opens from 17 May to 30 June 2021. Data collection for the Pilot Census is from: 3 – 28 July 2021. All households/institutions are required to register and select to either complete the Pilot Census questionnaire online by themselves (Computer Assisted Web Interview –CAWI); to be contacted via telephone and complete the questionnaire telephonically (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview – CATI); or to be visited by a fieldworker to complete the form in person (Computer Assisted Personal Interview- CAPI).
The link for online registration is: getcounted.statssa.gov.za (Data-Free). Respondents may contact the census call centre toll-free number on 0800 110 248 for assistance.
The Pilot Census is a dress rehearsal for the main census and all systems and processes that will be used in the main census will be tested. This will assist the organisation to allocate the required resources and refine methodologies to ensure that the census is delivered efficiently and effectively.
All households and institutions in the selected areas must register to ensure that they are counted in the Pilot Census. Participating in the Pilot Census will lead to effective planning and contribute towards the delivery of a population count that leaves no one behind.
The date for the main census will be announced in due course.
To see the list of areas needing applicants, click here: