2021 Census Mapping starting next month

The 2021 National Census Mapping exercise will commence on 14 October 2019 until August 2020 starting in the Zambezi region.

The purpose of the census mapping is to demarcate the entire Namibia into uniquely defined units of enumeration areas. The enumeration areas provide an accurate national geographic frame to conduct censuses, which in this case will be Census 2021.

Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA)'s Statistician General, Alex Shimuafeni said in a media statement issued Monday, the exercise is aimed at collecting detailed information regarding the characteristics of the structure, the number of people that live in the building and any other information which cannot be obtained during an office exercise.

'Namibia aspires to conduct a digital census in 2021 in which Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewer (CAPI) using tablets will be employed. The census mapping is a key element for the preparations and execution of the 2021 Census,' Shimuafeni said.

Census Mapping will also be done to facilitate in the assigning of areas of counting to field staff during the main Census and to enable the enumerators to plan their movement within the enumeration areas and identify households earmarked for call-backs especially in the urban areas.

A total of 340 mappers will be recruited for the exercise across the country.

'The Agency will start with the Zambezi region because it is a flood prone area. The NSA would also like to request for cooperation from the public during this exercise,' he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency