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2022 census deadline extended in Western Cape

Patrick Kelly of Stats SA said the new deadline for the province had been moved to the end of April.

FILE: Stats SA field workers. Image: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – The 2022 census deadline has been extended for the Western Cape.

Patrick Kelly of Stats SA said the new deadline for the province had been moved to the end of April.

He added that the Western Cape was significantly behind the rest of the country.

“The Western Cape has been extended until the end of April. Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, in particular, continued this week. Gauteng is trying to clean up a few small areas and the town of Joburg, but in the Western Cape, in general, we are much further behind in collecting census data than the rest of the country,” Kelly said.

Kelly explained that census workers had many challenges in Cape Town.

“Basically we failed to recruit enough data collectors in the province, exactly why is a bit of a mystery to me, but if you’re not down to earth you really struggle to collect the figures. There were other constraints in some agricultural areas, we struggled to get suitable vehicles.”

Another problem has been some residents not wanting to be counted.

“One of the other factors, it’s clear in the Western Cape, we’re seeing an increasing number of people refusing to take the census, which is actually legal, but we really encourage people to provide the information when a census field officer comes to your door,” Kelly said.



2022 census deadline extended in Western Cape

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