Humanities Academic to Serve on Census 2021 National Advisory Committee
Academic in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies Ms Nompumelelo Nzimande will serve as the Chair of the Census 2021 National Advisory Committee (NAC).
‘I am a member of the SA Statistics Council, which is responsible for the production and use of official statistics in the country. I chair the council’s Population and Social Statistics sub-committee, which is responsible for oversight of the 2021 population census. As a demographer I am a good fit to chair this and the current NAC,’ said Nzimande.
A Stats SA statement notes that the Census 2021 NAC comprises of stakeholders from various entities, including government and private organisations, who will contribute multi-sector expertise and influence to ensure that the upcoming census is effective and efficient.
The appointment of the Census 2021 NAC is the final “puzzle piece” at national level to initiate advocacy, educational, and community mobilisation initiatives as Stats SA prepares to conduct a census dress rehearsal, the Census 2021 Pilot, early next year. This will be the final preparatory phase for the total population count scheduled for October next year.
Statistician General Mr Risenga Maluleke said, ‘It is my pleasure to enlist the support of these distinguished individuals who will bring on board a variety of skills to ensure that Stats SA delivers a successful census.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo