He praised Stats SA for carrying out its first digital census amid challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 July unrest, amongst others.
“Stats SA was able to undertake our census, just four months after the initial date of October 2021. Adapting to the fluid situation on the ground meant that data collection processes had to be rapidly modernised, as a result this is South Africa’s first ever digital census compiled from data collected from everyone within the borders of the country,” explains Ramaphosa.
Fifty point five million of South African’s population are black Africans, the white population has declined.
“That is the account for 81.4% of the population. The coloured (population) grew to 5.1 million and account for 8.1% and the white population group accounts for 4.5 million accounting or 7.3% and the Indian/Asian group – 1.7 million accounting for 2.7% and others, those who didn’t specify, at 200 000,” says Maluleke.
The Statistician General says there has been a sharp increase in households in informal settlements from 2021 to 2022 to 88.5%, which also becomes a headache for government to meet the growing demand for services, including electricity and water.
According to Stats SA, Limpopo and Eastern Cape have not improved in access to piped water.
As of February 2022, there were 55 719 homeless people, with most people in Gauteng sitting at (25 384), Western Cape (9 743), and KwaZulu-Natal (7 768). This was mainly due to joblessness.
“Migration between countries is driven largely by the quest for economic opportunities, political instability and increasingly, environmental hazards,” said Stats SA.
It was also revealed that about 5.2 million young people in the country are not attending school. This is about 200 000 more people aged five to 24 years, who are not attending school compared to 2011.
According to the census numbers, Gauteng has the highest number of young people not going to school, at 1.3-million, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 1 million.
— Stats SA (@StatsSA) October 11, 2023
Census 2022 has told us where we are making progress, but it has also laid bare the challenges that remain.
Census 2022 will be an invaluable tool in meeting those challenges.
I salute the people of South Africa who participated in Census 2022. It is through the responses… https://t.co/auyunnMswt
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) October 10, 2023
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) October 10, 2023
Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris