Ntini flies the flag for Census 2011
11 March 2011
The third and largest census of South Africa as a democratic country will take place on 9 and 10 October 2011 – and cricketing great Makhaya Ntini will be gracing billboards across SA once more as the official ambassador of the country's big count.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will deploy 120 000 fieldworkers across the country on 9 and 10 October to document South Africa's entire population, including homeless people and illegal immigrants.
The fieldworkers will be supported by 30 000 supervisors and a further 6 000 administrators, adding up to a team of 156 000.
About R3.7-billion has been set aside for Census 2011, which will result in the most comprehensive picture of South Africa yet, enabling better government decision-making and resource allocation in order to help improve peoples' lives.
Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Sunday, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla called on all people within the borders of South Africa to make themselves available to be counted on 9 and 10 October.
Introducing Ntini as the official ambassador of Census 2011, Lehohla said Ntini's stature, "his story of victory over adversity and embracing diversity, and his ready willingness to get the message across to the nation and talk census, puts him in good stead to talk sense to South Africa across racial and age groups".
Ntini will spread messages about the census on radio and on television, appear at census roadshows, as well as visit schools to encourage youngster to participate in sporting activities.
Ntini said this was an opportunity he had been waiting for. "I could not hesitate. I hope 2011 will be a year to remember," he said.