Monday, September 5, 2011

South Africa in Census Challenge

Monday, September 5, 2011

JOHANNESBURG—South Africa will launch its national census in October, but first it must overcome some obstacles to the survey, chief among them a fear of the census takers.

In a country grappling with high levels of crime, official census takers have a hard time trying to convince South Africans that it's safe to let them into their homes to record deeply personal information such as their age, employment and household resources. Census takers will be trying to gain access to places as varied as densely packed low-income informal settlements to exclusive gated communities, where high walls and suspicious ...

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