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Census mapping to kick off in October

Census mapping to kick off in October

Eba Kandovazu

THE National Census mapping exercise is scheduled to start on 14 October and will run until August next year, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has announced.
According to NSA’s Statistician General and CEO, Alex Shimuafeni, the exercise will begin in the Zambezi region as it is a flood prone area and will extend to other regions thereafter.

He said the mapping exercise is aimed at demarcating the whole country into uniquely defined units of Enumeration Areas, which should not overlap or have gaps.

NSA officially launch the mapping exercise this afternoon.

BE COUNTED: The official launch of the mapping exercise in Windhoek. Photo credit: NSA

“The Enumeration Areas provide an accurate national geographic frame to conduct censuses, which in this case will be Census 2021. In addition, the mapping will collect detailed information regarding the characteristics of the structure, the number of people that live in the building and any other information which cannot be obtained during an office exercise,” Shimuafeni added.

The CEO revealed that Namibia intends to conduct a digital census in 2021 in which Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewers using tablets will be employed.

The census mapping is thus a key element for the preparations and execution of the 2021 Census, he says.

“Other uses of Census Mapping are to facilitate in the assigning of areas of counting to field staff during the main Census and to enable the enumerators to plan their movement within the Enumeration Areas and identify households earmarked for call-backs especially in the urban areas, “Shimuafeni maintained.

The Mapping exercise will recruit around 340 mappers who will be stationed across the whole country.

The public is requested to cooperate during the said exercise.

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