It seems people are getting into quite a flap about this Census business, and I truly believe there’s no need to.
Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from the gate of our complex to let me know the census rep had arrived and could he come to my house please. I said yes, and a few minutes later I met him at my gate, took my census form package and sent him on his way. I then filled it in myself, in pencil as he requested, and when he came back a couple of hours later I gave it back to him. It wasn’t hard to understand if you read the instructions clearly, and I didn’t fill in anything I didn’t want them to know.
Should you wish to complete the questionnaire on your own, you may. You can also contact the call centre (0800 110 248) should you need assistance in the completion of the questionnaire.
I did the same thing for the last census, back in 2001.
Done and dusted. There was no stranger in my house, I didn’t feel threatened, and he had the credentials necessary for me to make sure he was actually a census rep.
Should I let the person into my house?
If you are not comfortable doing this, you can answer the questions through your security gate.
For one thing, they wear bright yellow census bibs – not just any bib – and they do not travel in packs! They have ID, they’re polite, and they’re more than happy to help if you need it.
How do you know that the person at your door is from Stats SA? The enumerators can be identified as follows:
- A yellow satchel with the Census and Stats SA logos
- They will have census questionnaires with them
- An A3-size book with a map of the area on the first page
- A yellow bib with the Census and Stats SA logos
- An ID card
Yes, it does seem there are fake census reps out there, and we all knew that would happen as this is an ideal opportunity for crooks- but if you check IDs and credentials before you let them in your gate you really shouldn’t have a problem. And you can fill the forms in yourself if you are literate enough.
Official Site of Census 2011 the site is painfully slow to load unfortunately…