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Stats SA hopes to reach 300k households in first-ever digital census trial

South Africa is due to roll out its first digital census next year, which will require respondents to register online and through social media platforms.

Statistician general Risenga Maluleke. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke says the country has been consistently improving its data-collection capabilities.

Statistics South Africa is gearing to launch a trial of its first-ever digital census on Monday.

The body hopes to interact with 300,000 so it can gather data from at least a million people in the country.

South Africa is due to roll out its first digital census next year, which will require respondents to register online and through social media platforms.

Maluleke said while this is an exciting first, there are also limitations.

"We will use a multi-modal approach; meaning that for difficult and hard to reach areas in the census, we will still go and used paper-based [data collection]. But it will depend on a lot of things if the COVID-19 environment subsides.”

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