SA kicks off census 2022 counting transient population

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will be counting the transient population at OR Tambo Airport on February 02 (today) as part of the nationwide Census Night activities marking the beginning of the Census 2022 count.

Census Night is the reference night for a population count. Everyone who is within the borders of the country on that night is included in the count.

Populations in institutions, the homeless, hotels, lodges, the transients, hospitals and other communal living quarters are counted on Census Night.

Meanwhile, experts say over the past five years, the South African population has been growing at a faster pace than the economy. This phenomenon has created various socio-economic challenges for policy makers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these challenges, resulting in job losses and larger dependency on government social security.

Statistician-General at Stats SA Risenga Maluleke says the population has grown by almost 3.5 million people whereas the economy has been fluctuating.

“Our economy in real terms has gone back to where it was around 2017. Population growth is not sensitive to shocks, we are yet to see the impact of COVID-19, but the economy which we measure quarterly is sensitive to shocks”, said Maluleke, adding that “shocks can be internal or external”.

By Amanda Matshaka for African View News

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