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Statistician-General Pali Lehohla to step down

Lehohla says he remains 'duty concerned', hinting that he wants to put his experienced technocratic mind to use in helping to address some of the country's many pressing issues.

FILE: Statistician General Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - After 17 years at the helm of Stats SA, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla is stepping down.

He will vacate the position in October.

Lehohla joined Stats SA in the early 1980s.

"When is it the right time to act? When you've been here for 34 years, one has to say 'It's time.'"

He says that writing his memoir will be among his next endeavours.

"It will be remiss of me to imagine that I can go and bask in the sun when I have so much to do."

Lehohla says he remains "duty concerned", hinting that he wants to put his experienced technocratic mind to use in helping to address some of the country's many pressing issues.