Zuma to receive 2011 census

Statistician General Pali Lehohla. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Statistician General Pali Lehohla talks to EWN's Alex Eliseev about the importance of the census.

PRETORIA - Statistician-General Pali Lehohla on Monday said the information contained in the latest census would reveal the true state of education, employment, and service delivery in South Africa.

President Jacob Zuma will on Tueday receive a copy of the census, which is the first one in a decade, and has cost more than R35 billion to publish.

The census is being released within 12 months, compared to the two years it took for the 1996 one to be made public.

Lehohla told Eyewitness News statistics told the story of a country's history and progress.

“A census brings to you knowledge and understanding of a nation.”

He said they should also help shape the future.

“In relation to the social concerns around employment, education and service delivery - I think Census 2011 has it all.”

Lehohla said the faster the figures were released, the more relevant they became.

He said “fresh” results would also ensure relevant information was embedded in the cycle of decisions made by state officials.

New technology will play a big role in the delivery and consumption of the census results.