18 March 2019

Botswana: Census to Be More Efficient

Jwaneng — The use of software technology known as SmartClient will speed up and enhance efficiency in the population census scheduled for 2021.

This was revealed by Statistics Botswana's senior statistician Ms Ruth Kauthengwa during a consultative meeting with the Jwaneng District leadership on March 14.

She said SmartClient would be used to eliminate errors and catalyse the whole process of cartography while dwellings would be captured, housing structures spatially digitized and mapping digitilised.

Ms Kauthengwa said unlike in previous censuses where it took a year to release preliminary results, for 2021 they would be released in a month's time.

"During enumeration, the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system will be in place and data collection will be digitalised. There will be instant data capture and processing during collection as well as a daily repository to headquarters," she explained.

She further said enumerators would use handheld gadgets and explained that the cartographic exercise had already started.

Ms Kauthengwa said the national launch of the census would be in May and that Statistics Botswana would continue consulting different stakeholders to solicit their support for the project.

"From June this year, we will be training census officials and field personnel and pre-testing following in June next year, then later pilot census whereas the National Census Enumeration will commence in August 2021," she said.

She further asked for support to minimise the reoccurrence of the 2011 census challenges such as bad terrain and unavailability of training centres in some districts due to the changed school calendar, resulting in extension of time.

Ms Kauthengwa asked the leadership to assist in finding suitable campsites and access to electricity for the field staff and pleaded for support on administrative matters such as transport and fuelling.

She said specific boundary disputes had to be sorted out and concluded to facilitate incorporation of correct codes in the census cartographic exercise adding that administrative authority boundaries required for allocation of resources also needed to be captured by census operations.

Meanwhile, Jwaneng deputy district commissioner Mr Lesang Kgomoetsile advised the census team to plan for everything well in time including payment of overtime.

Source : BOPA

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