According to StatsSA, those counted in the Western Cape stand at approximately 55.5%, while the average number counted in the country stands at 87%.
Winde says it is especially concerning given that there are just 4 days left until the extended count comes to an end on 30 April 2022.
If it stays this way, we will be perceived to have a lower population than we actually have, despite significant population growth, and this will impact budget allocations through the Provincial Equitable Share and other allocations and resources raised nationally.
To put it simply, if we do not get an accurate census count for our province, we may have fewer resources available to deliver services in the future, which could impact each and every resident. This is a major risk, which we must avert.
Winde has called on everyone to get counted and to help other to do so.
For information on getting counted visit: https://getcounted.statssa.gov.za/#!/home.
I encourage you to share this link on your social media accounts, WhatsApp groups or emails. You can also play your part by registering online and helping others to do so.