The Current Population Survey (CPS) was initiated by the South African Department of Statistics (now Statistics South Africa) in October 1977 to collect data on the "African" and "coloured" labour force in South Africa, excluding the Transkei and Bophuthatswana. The CPS draws data from a sample of nearly 10 000 dwellings.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey include households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for licensed distribution
This version, version 1 of the Current Population Survey 1980 was obtained by DataFirst in July 2012.
The Current Population Survey collected labour market data for "African" and "Coloured" South Africans. Data was collected on employment and unemployment (including reasons for not working), occupation, industry and income (salary/wage data only).
The survey had national coverage
The lowest level of geographic aggregation covered by the CPS data is town
The survey covered "African" and "Coloured" households in South Africa
Producers and sponsors
South Africa. Department of Statistics
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
University of Cape Town
Licensed dataset, accessible under conditions
South Africa. Department of Statistics. Current Population Survey 1980 [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: Department of Statistics [producer], 1982. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.