Census 2011 Ends Officially Ends

The population and household Census 2011 officially came to an end on 30 October 2011.

However, Statistics South Africa spokesperson, Trevor Oosterwyk, confirms that volunteers will continue counting those who have not been counted during a ‘mop-up’ phase that will be initiated on 31 October 2011.

Oosterwyk points out that, “We have until the 14th to count the rest of the public, this includes those who weren’t home during visits and those who had previously refused to participate.

Contraception Not to Ban Blame for Population Growth

The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) says the Catholic Church's ban on the use of contraception is not to blame for the world's population boom because most of them ignore it.

The world's seventh billion person, who was born today into what the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, calls a ‘world of contradiction’ and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line.

Today has been set as a symbolic day for hitting the 7 billion mark, however the UNPF division says it is impossible to know the specific time or day.

Seven Billion Day – Population Matters Takes Action

The United Nations has named 31 October 2011 as the day that the world’s seven billionth citizen will be born. Population Matters will be marking the day by highlighting the unsustainability of continuing population growth. This increase in population puts huge pressure on the environment and makes attempts to address issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change even more difficult. As Population Matters patron Sir David Attenborough has said, “All environmental problems become harder – and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more people”.

Census 2011 Gets Underway

South Africa's 2011 census has started, with the homeless and babies born after midnight being the first to be counted.

In a press statement, Statistics South Africa points out that school children and teachers will help ensure every household in South Africa is counted.

It says as part of the learner ambassador programme, pupils will report whether their families have been counted to their teachers. The Stats SA states that enumerators will check with the schools whether any households have been missed.

Census 2011 to Count Everyone

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has made assurances that this year’s census will be the most comprehensive yet, and will offer unprecedented amounts of data to implement government policies.

Deputy director-general of population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, says Stats SA is ‘very confident’ the census will be successful in offering a clear measure of social deprivation in the country by reaching ‘almost every person’ this year.

SA’s Population Passes 50 Million Mark

The Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that South Africa's population has passed the 50 million mark.

In its latest mid-year population estimates released this week, Stats SA estimates that the country's population has now reached 50.59 million people, based on the 2001 census.

The agency further states that the figures show a net growth rate of 1.1 percent, worked out using the birth rate, immigration, emigration, and the death rate.

Tanzanian Population to Reach 82m by 2050 – Oxfam

Oxfam says that a billion people go to bed with empty stomachs every night globally, Tanzania included, not because there isn't enough food, but because of great imbalances in opportunities and control of resources.

The organisation says that, by 2050 Tanzania will have a population of 82 million, thus quick reforms are paramount in preventing hunger.

In its report, whose theme is “Grow”, Oxfam Country Director, Monica Gorman states that hunger used to be an historical phenomenon caused by floods and other natural disasters, but that has since come to pass.

NPDI Expresses Concern

The Network on Population and Development Issues (NPDI) has described as worrisome the erroneous impression of some people about the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the use of population to address some critical issues on women’s health in the African continent.

In a recent press statement, NPDI expressed regrets that some writers do not understand the role played by UNFPA in the use of population to address the poor state of maternal health, stressing that it can no longer continue to fold its arms while most people hold on to such misconception.


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