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03 October 2011 at 13:41 - Posted by D

CENSUS 2011


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UPDATE 11 OCTOBER ON THIS ARTICLE BELOW

I do not work for Statistics South Africa, but as a researcher, I have an interest in the census-data being correct.

I noticed that you posted some incorrect information about the census on your website here: http://www.turnitaround.co.za/news/news_article/433/census-2011

 
The information that you posted was circulated by a company called “Security Management Consultants”. The SMC letter was a “copy and paste” of information about the 2010 census in the United States of America. The information does not apply to South Africa. You can verify this with a simple Google search. The information does not apply to South Africa. You can verify this with a simple Google search. There are no such things in South Africa as the “Better Business Bureau”, or the “Census Bureau” or “Acorn” – these are all American institutions. Our local census workers also do not have “handheld devices”. The letter contains many other errors as well.
 
The company, SMC, has already retracted the letter, but it is now floating around on the internet, and it was also uncritically forwarded by other security companies, creating a lot of confusion. You can read Statistics South Africa’s official response to the letter here: http://www.statssa.gov.za/Census2011/documents/Misleading_Communique.pdf
More information about the South African census can be found at http://www.statssa.gov.za/Census2011/faq.asp
 
It would be good if you could post a prominent correction on your website and in any newsletters you may have, to avoid misleading your members and other visitors to your website about the census.

Note from TIA team: We allow anyone to post news and information on our website. We promote free speech and believe in giving everyone a voice. From time to time article may be published that are not correct or biased - we reply on our website community to discuss anything openly and honestly. This feedback was received on the article below to which added this correction.

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All South African citizens should be vigilent during Census 2011 to avoid being scammed by persons with fraudulent or criminal intentions. The following information was compiled by Marinda Hartzenberg of Security Management Consultants and details how census takers should be identifiable.

12 September 2011
 
Census - Workers
With the South African Census process beginning, people are advised to be cooperative, but
cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.

 The first phase of the 2010 Census is completed where Census Workers verifying the
addresses of households across the country.

Eventually, more than 140,000 Census workers will count every person in the South Africa
(START DATE 10 OCTOBER) and will gather information about every person living at each
address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con
artist?   
 
1. If a Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a
Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice.  

2. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  

3. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.  

4. Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.  

5. Do not give your identity number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even
if they claim they need it for the Census.
REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM
HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.
 
6. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary
range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL
SITUATION.  
The Census Bureau will not ask for bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees
solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON
GATHERING THIS INFORMATION.

No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home.

However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email
scams impersonating the Census.
Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the
Census Bureau.

Kind regards

Marinda Hartzenberg
Operations Manager
SMC – Security Management Consultants

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