Post Enumeration Survey kicks off to measure Census 2022 coverage

Media Release: Post-enumeration Survey (PES) 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  07 June 2022

Post Enumeration Survey kicks off to measure Census 2022 coverage

Statistics South Africa will conduct an independent survey to measure the accuracy and reach of the Census 2022 population count from 8 June to 26 July 2022. The Post Enumeration Survey (PES) identifies how many households and persons were erroneously included, missed or counted more than once during the Census 2022 population count.

The national statistics office will deploy fieldworkers across all districts in the nine provinces in 840 Enumeration areas estimated to have 126 000 dwelling units. Unlike the census, which aims to count every dwelling unit, the PES is conducted in the selected areas around the country.

“We have taken a sample of less than 1% of dwelling units that were expected to be counted during the Census and we will use these to measure the recently concluded population and housing census,” said PES 2022 Project Director, Naume Bopape.

A multi-modal data collection method has been deployed for the PES that include online enumeration, face-to-face interviews, and telephone interviews.

For identification, fieldworkers are issued with branded ID cards, orange over-shirts and marked vehicles. They will also be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols, which are in line with the Dept. of Health’s guidelines.

All collected information for the purpose of this survey will be kept confidential at all times as mandated by the Statistics Act no.6 of 1999.

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Issued by Statistics South Africa

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