Statistics South Africa
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Agency overview
Preceding agencies
  • Central Statistical Service
  • Statistics Branch (Bophuthatswana)
  • Central Statistical Service (Ciskei)
  • Central Statistics Office (Transkei)
  • Statistics Division (Venda)
JurisdictionGovernment of South Africa
HeadquartersIsibalo House, 1 Koch Street Salvokop, Pretoria, Gauteng
25°45′38″S 28°11′16″E / 25.76056°S 28.18778°E / -25.76056; 28.18778
Employees2 614 (2009/10)[1]
Annual budgetR1 973.4 million (2010/11)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Risenga Maluleke, 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 and 2011. Stats SA was previously known as the "Central Statistical Service", shortly after the end of apartheid and also it absorbed the statistical services of the former Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei.

Surveys conducted


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


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ Slabbert, Antoinette. "SA het baie meer mense as geraam" [SA has many more people than estimated]. Sake24 (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ Interest rates may drop after stats blunder IOL article