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Residents urged to be more welcoming to Stats SA fieldworkers

Stats SA held a feedback briefing in Lonehill today during which issues including the safety of fieldworkers.

FILE: The deputy minister says these surveys are important for the development of the country.Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Minister in Presidency Buti Manamela has urged South Africans to be more welcoming to Statistics SA fieldworkers.

Stats SA held a feedback briefing in Lonehill today during which issues including the safety of fieldworkers, as well as the refusal to entry at homes in wealthy areas were raised.

The minister says these surveys are important for the development of the country.

"We urge them to cooperate with fieldworkers. All of us as a country need data from Stats SA in order to ensure that we allocate resources properly for the development of our country."

Manamela and Statistician-General Pali Lehohla raised concern about the hostile reception received by fieldworkers in communities during this year's surveys.

Lehohla said, "Many people suggest that this is for the poor, no it is for everybody. So we are at Lonehill, which a fairly rich suburb and we are encouraging citizens here to participate in the community survey."

Manamela reminded people of the consequences they could face for attacking fieldworkers.

"Stats SA will not hesitate to institute prosecution in instances where it is believed the lives of fieldworkers have been endangered."