With just over a week left to get counted, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, has renewed his call for the public to participate.
This follows the Western Cape’s low turnout in the province’s 2022 Census count.
The provincial Treasury’s projections indicate that the funding equivalent to 1615 doctors or nearly 6000 nurses, and over 9300 teachers could be lost, if residents are not counted.
Winde says the refusal to be counted will have severe consequences for the quality of health care and education services in the province.
“Our population is growing and we need to know how many people there are in this province – so that we can budget appropriately [and] request our fair share of the budget, from a national level. We can plan long term, make sure that we have schools [and] hospitals; so that we that services can be delivered to every single one of you in this province.”