Statistics South Africa

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Statistics South Africa
File:Stats SA logo.png
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
  • Central Statistical Service
  • Statistics Branch (Bophuthatswana)
  • Central Statistical Service (Ciskei)
  • Central Statistics Office (Transkei)
  • Statistics Division (Venda)
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters De Bruyn Park, 170 Andries St., Pretoria, Gauteng
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Employees 2 614 (2009/10)[1]
Annual budget R1 973.4 million (2010/11)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
Key document
  • Statistics Act, 1999

Statistics South Africa (frequently shortened to Stats SA) is the national statistical service of South Africa, with the goal of producing timely, accurate, and official statistics in order to advance economic growth, development, and democracy. To this end, Statistics South Africa produces official demographic, economic, and social censuses and surveys. To date, Statistics South Africa has produced three censuses, in 1996, 2001 as well as the results of the 2011 Census were released. Stats SA was previously known as the "Central Statistical Service"; shortly after the end of apartheid it absorbed the statistical services of the former Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei.

Surveys conducted


Statistics South Africa has been criticized for not producing accurate figures on immigration[2] and inflation.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Vote 12: Statistics South Africa" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2010. Pretoria: National Treasury. 17 February 2010. ISBN 978-0-621-39079-7. Retrieved 6 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Slabbert, Antoinette. "SA het baie meer mense as geraam". Sake24 (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 7 March 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Interest rates may drop after stats blunder IOL article

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