| South Africa Census 2022 | South Africa Census 2022

South Africa’s population and housing census goes digital in 2022. Residents must register before the end of January for the online survey.

South Africa’s fourth population and housing census since 1994 is expected to start from 3 February 2022. Census 2022 will be the first digital iteration and residents will have the option of completing the questionnaire remotely – those who do not sign up will have a face-to-face interview.

Stats SA was meant to conduct the census in 2021 but it was pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government hopes to receive responses from 17 million households.

The multi-modal approach adopted by Stats SA for Census 2022 will see it use three data collection methods, including Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI), Computer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI) and Computer Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI).

The web and telephonic interviews are conducted remotely. If respondents opt for the web option they must register before the end of January and then complete the questionnaire on Census Night – 2 February 2022. With the telephonic option, a Stats SA official will talk respondents through the questionnaire.

The personal interview is conducted face-to-face. Census field workers will visit households and also collect data from populations in transit, the homeless and special dwelling institutions, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hospitals, police and military barracks, prisons, boarding schools, nursing homes and more.

To register for the online survey follow these steps:

Head to and click register
Select the type of registration – you will be asked to choose between a dwelling unit and special dwelling institution.

Fill in your personal and residential details and select your preferred contact method and preferred mode of data collection.

After filling in the relevant details, a one-time pin will be sent to your preferred contact method. Enter the pin to verify your registration.

Next, you will be asked to search for your usual residence. You have the option of using your address or prominent places – schools, hospitals, malls – near your home.
A satellite view of a map will open up and you will be ask to click on your home. You will be asked to confirm your street/erf number
Next, you will have to select the type of home you live in (e.g. block of flats, standalone house, semi-detached).
You will be asked if you have a backroom used by other people.
You will be asked to select the main use of the structure you live in (e.g. main house, backroom, garage used as rented structure or other dwelling).
You will be asked to list the number of households living in your dwelling.
You will be asked to confirm that the information you have given is correct.
Once registration has been completed you will be given a reference number and Stats SA will send a link for enumeration when the time comes. | South Africa Census 2022

Originally posted 2022-08-29 20:09:00.