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Stats SA is looking for hundreds of young workers for an upcoming census – and you have only 5 more days to apply

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  • Statistics South Africa has reopened applications for fieldworkers for census 2021 due to a lack of registrations. 
  • It is unclear how many workers are required or what they will be paid, but the organisation is particularly keen on young people applying. 
  • Applications close Sunday, September 15. 
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Statistics South Africa is looking for hundreds of field workers to help complete the 2021 census, preferably young ones.

The agency said it had reopened fieldworker applications after it received “low registrations” during its recruitment drive in July

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Field workers are particularly required in: 

  • Eastern Cape: Buffalo City (Eluxolweni, Mdantsane, Sandisiwe, East London, Cuba A, Cuba B) 
  • Free State: Bloemfontein 
  • Gauteng: Ekurhuleni (Edenvale, Tembisa, Germiston, Kempton Park)
  • KwaZulu-Natal Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, Phayipini (The Msunduzi)
  • Limpopo: Polokwane (GaThoka, Mankweng, Tweefontein),
  • Mpumalanga: Emalahleni (KwaGuqa)
  • Northern Cape: Kimberley (Sol Plaatjie)
  • North West: Rustenburg (Wildebeesfontein, Freedom Park )
  • Western Cape: Cape Town (Goodwood, Athlone, Langa) 

By the time of publication, Statistics South Africa was unable to comment on how many workers will be required for the new Census, nor did it want to give information on how much they will be paid.

It said applications for fieldworkers will close Sunday, September 15. All applications have to be completed online at

Applicants must have at least a matric certificate, be proficient in any of the 11 official languages, be willing to work over weekends and outside of normal office hours, and be a South African citizen with no criminal record.

Statistics South Africa particularly encouraged young people to apply, in order to learn and gain valuable experience in the data environment.

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