The Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde and the Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis have called on Capetonians to get counted so that there can be an accurate measure of the population in the up and coming South African Census.
The call comes after the two dignitaries attended the launch of the Census, which will also be the fourth national population count held in the democracy.
In 2021, the mid-year population for the Western Cape was estimated at 7.1 million persons and since 2012, the province’s total population has increased by 18.7% which is the second-fastest increase, after Gauteng.
According to Winde, there has been an increase in the province’s population size over the last decade, with many people moving to the Western Cape.
“This is because of the excellent level of service delivery offered in our municipalities, as well as the many economic opportunities which are on offer here. I view this growth positively, as people come here with hope and determination, to help grow our economy,” Winde explained.
The Premier said the up and coming Census will enable local government to measure this growth and enable our province to get its fair share of the equitable share allocation.
“We need this fair share so that we keep on providing quality service delivery in every corner of the province,” Winde said.
Meanwhile, speaking to the impact of the Census, Hill-Lewis said: “The City of Cape Town uses Census data extensively in deciding where and how to allocate its resources. Census data allows us to plan access to basic services such as water, electricity, refuse removal, and sanitation according to the changing needs of our rapidly growing population.”
The Mayor further mentioned that the Census will also inform the City’s planning of infrastructure, housing, and community facilities, and equip their policymakers with the information they need to design targeted interventions to address our most pressing socio-economic problems.
This year, residents will be able to register for the Census online.
- Register to get counted: https://getcounted.statssa.gov.za
- Toll free number for Statssa: 0800 110 248