SA AT A GLANCE

Here’s a handy break­down of the prov­inces of South Africa, show­ing our coun­try’s dis­tri­bu­tion of peo­ple, lan­guages and draw­cards

YOU (South Africa) - - YOU KIDS’ GAMES -

YOU’VE prob­a­bly heard of cen­suses, when of­fi­cials col­lect in­for­ma­tion about how many peo­ple live in our coun­try, how closely they live to­gether and their age, gen­der, earn­ings and type of res­i­dence.

Not only does the cen­sus give a com­plete count of South Africa’s pop­u­la­tion, it also helps the govern­ment to plan prop­erly so it can for ex­am­ple de­cide how many schools should be built in a par­tic­u­lar area.

Col­lect­ing all that in­for­ma­tion from the mil­lions of peo­ple in South Africa is a huge job!

Be­cause of this, of­fi­cial cen­suses take place in SA only ev­ery 10 years. The pre­vi­ous one was in 2011, so the next cen­sus will be taken in 2021. In the mean­time or­gan­i­sa­tions such as SA’s na­tional sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice (Stats SA) con­duct smaller stud­ies to keep our data as up to date as pos­si­ble.

Let’s take a look at what we know about our coun­try and its peo­ple at the mo­ment*.

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