Author: Tom Moultrie and Rob Dorrington

(Photo by Gallo Images/Misha Jordaan) Uncritical use of the 2022 census results for policy and planning purposes would be unwise, pending a full review of the results, according to the UCT’s Centre for Actuarial Research’s Tom Moultrie and Rob Dorrington. The 2022 South African census reported the highest undercount among all censuses since the United Nations Population Division started recording. The reported 31% undercount raises questions about the accuracy of the data for policy and resource allocation. While adjusted, the census results are still estimates leading to anomalies in the data. Census data crucial for planning investments and resource…

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