Statistician-General Risenga Maluleka disclosed that 1.2 million households in KwaZulu-Natal declined to participate in the Census.
During the presentation of the 2022 Census findings in Durban, Maluleka emphasized that this refusal poses a threat to the allocation of the provincial budget in order to address the needs of the communities.
Maluleka explained, “The issue arises when people refuse to participate in the Census, as it impacts service delivery due to discrepancies between the actual number of communities and the allocation from the government budget. This is because these numbers are not reflected in our population register, which is why we urge people to participate in the Census.”
Early Childhood Development
The King Cetshwayo district has the highest percentage of children not enrolled in early childhood development programs, slightly exceeding the national average of 30.9%.
KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube stated that a majority of these children do not have official documentation, making it difficult for them to be registered for school.
Dube-Ncube added, “One of the challenges is the lack of documentation. In the larger population in the north, there are more children without birth certificates and their parents also lack IDs, creating a hurdle for undocumented citizens.”