Statistics South Africa
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 973.3 million (2010/11)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
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, 2011 and 2022. 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


  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.