FS households part of Community Survey 2016

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More than 80 000 households in the Free State province will be visited by Statistics SA (Stats SA) fieldworkers to gather information for the Community Survey (CS) 2016.
Fieldworkers started visiting selected households from early this month and they will be done on 22 April. The survey is the second largest information gathering exercise after the national census, which was last held in 2007. According to the spokesperson for Stats SA in the Free State, Nthabiseng Chakela, the survey is to provide demographic and socio-economic data at municipal level and to improve government planning.
“They have already completed geo-referencing the areas that we will be covering. On the tablets that will be provided to field workers, we will just navigate to those dwelling units that have been selected on the system. Although we will be going to all areas in the Free State, we will only be visiting 10% of those areas.”
Stats SA is urging South Africans to support the CS 2016 and residents to open their doors to fieldworkers. More than 10 000 fieldworkers have been visiting communities to gather information from 1.3 million dwelling units across the country.
“In order for residents to verify fieldworkers contracted by Stats SA, they will be carrying official ID cards, which includes a hologram image to verify authenticity. The ID card has to be produced when visiting sampled homes. They will also be wearing yellow aprons with CS printed on it and their cars will have yellow stickers on the two side doors and also on the rear windows,” Chakela explained.
“The fieldworkers will not be carrying questionnaires, they will be using gadgets to capture data. We are moving from using paper to using technology, so now with the Community Survey, we will be using technology in order to improve the efficiency of data collection.”
This year, digital technology will boost the efficiency and size of the survey. Instead of filling out households’ information on paper, fieldworkers will be able to capture it on electronic devices. The technology will also speed up the release of the survey results by the end of June.
Stats SA indicates that the speedy delivery of the results will be especially useful for the upcoming municipal elections to be held countrywide later this year and the survey will give objective data to voters on what services have been delivered to what areas, as well as what yet remains to be done.
Stats SA may be contacted through the call centre on 0800-110-248 or by sending an e-mail to cs2016@statssa.gov.za for public queries relating to the survey. – Refilwe Gaeswe