South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS): Dwelling Frame update

South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS): Dwelling Frame update

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council, will be conducting the South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS) in 2016 on behalf of the National Department of Health.

The survey aims to provide a better understanding of the health status of the population in South Africa. Key topics include child health, reproductive health, adult health and nutrition. The information collected will assist the Department of Health to plan and prioritise health programmes and service delivery. It also provides an opportunity for household members to understand their individual health status.

A critical part of the survey is to update the Dwelling Frame (DF). This process involves the pre-loading of Dwelling Frame data on digital devices and updating information on both residential and non-residential structures in the sampled areas. This DF update will take place from 1 February to 30 March 2016 in 750 sampled areas across the country.

The following will be updated:

  • all dwelling units;
  • all units or rooms within collective living quarters;
  • all non-residential buildings;
  • all vacant stands;
  • sports fields;
  • parks;
  • parking lots;
  • cemeteries;
  • demolished structures; and
  • semi-demolished structures that fall within the sampled area’s boundaries.

This information will then be used to select the Dwelling Unit sample. These are the homes that will be visited during the main data collection which will take place from May to September 2016.

Stats SA appeals to all residents located in the sampled areas to assist Fieldworkers when they come to visit your household to update the DF by providing access to the structures on your premises and providing required information. This will assist greatly in obtaining accurate information to update our sampling frame.

All the information you provide is kept confidential and will not be passed onto any individual or organisation for any purpose. Every Stats SA official is sworn to uphold the confidentiality of all collected data.


Fieldworkers can easily be identified by their official identity cards.

For more information on DF update fieldwork, please contact the Stats SA provincial offices.

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Field Operations Managers:
Province Contact person Landline Cellphone Email address
Eastern Cape Ziyanda Ntlebi 043 707 4900 082 888 2327
Free State Tlou Mokgehle 051 412 7500 082 694 6254
Gauteng Thabo Manchidi 011 781 3506 084 845 9472
KwaZulu-Natal Bongani Radebe 031 360 0600 082 901 6083
Limpopo Kgaogelo Mathekga 015 295 3300 082 888 2450
Mpumalanga Robert Thenga 013 762 0000 082 901 1916
North West Johanna Motshwaedi 018 384 2877/8/9 082 888 2168
Northern Cape Lawrence Ndaki 053 802 6800/6803 082 888 2174
Western Cape Tasneem Solomons 021 481 5555 082 888 2287