The Statistician General, Dr Burton Mguni told the Palapye District Authorities on 28th March, 2019 that Botswana has never failed to conduct Population and Housing Census (PHC) in every round set by the United Nations.
Dr Mguni said these when introducing the 2021 PHC team under the leadership of the newly appointed National Census Coordinator, Mr Kwenagape Mogotsinyane.
“The census Act of 1904 and Statistics Act of 2009 enables Statistics Botswana to coordinate the conduct of census every ten years”, he said.
Dr Mguni also appealed to the district authorities to work hand in hand with the National Census Coordinator for the smooth running of the census. When addressing issues raised from the floor on how SB will deal with technical glitches since tablets will be used in the upcoming census, Dr Mguni responded that his team has already visited Malawi in 2018 for benchmarking exercise.
“We will also conduct pilot census which will obviously make us to deal with all technical glitches that may occur”, he said.
For his part, Mr Mogotsinyane reiterated the importance of census saying it provides baseline data for development for instance the socio-economic policies and programs to be implemented e.g. road networks, hospitals, schools, etc.
He further said that for private stakeholders, the census is used for projects to determine location and size of enterprises. Mr Mogotsinyane also said that census data is used in constituency delimitation as well as baseline data for statistical inquiries such as Inter-census Surveys and Research projects.
“Census data is also used in planning, policy and program formulation, monitoring and evaluation of various programs such as NDPs, Vision 2036, DDCs, SDGs, Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) and Extreme Poverty Eradication Strategies”, he emphasized.
On the census process, Mr Mogotsinyane reiterated that Population and housing census is a large scale national project aiming to count all humans and housing structures.
Giving vote of thanks Palapye Deputy District Commissioner, Mr Odiseng Moruti said he is glad that dissemination for the upcoming census will not take so long adding that in the past censuses it took so long.
“Results from the past census used to take so long to be released, by the time they were released most people have even forgotten that any census have ever taken place”, he said.
Mr Moruti also appealed to those who will be appointed District Census Officers in May to be dedicated and approach their new roles with sober minds.
On issues of disputed boundaries of Lesenepole/Matolwane, Mr Moruti promised that the dispute is solved expediently.
The whirlwind tour of the census team is almost complete with only Sowa, Ghanzi and Kanye were left behind due to unforeseen circumstances. The team is expected to wrap the tour with Gaborone, Mogoditshane, Ramotswa and Tlokweng in coming weeks.