Mapeta said the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstat) will finish the mapping exercise, which it is currently conducting, in March next year ahead of the census.
Mapping is a pre-enumeration activity that involves updating geographical boundaries of all administration units and socio-economic infrastructure in the country.
“We are currently undertaking a mapping exercise and we expect to complete the exercise by March next year. This involves creating maps for every ward in each district.
“The census will be conducted in August next year. We will start on August 17 and finish on August 28,” Mapeta told journalists on the sidelines of a ministerial committee workshop on census held in Bulawayo at a local hotel.
Mapeta said Zimstat requires US$37 million for the August 2012 census, saying that they have since extended a begging bowl to other nongovernmental organisations (NGO’s) to assist government with funding.
He added that Zimstat will start recruiting personnel to conduct the census in June next year, adding that the organisation has since also completed drafting questionnaires to be used during the exercise.
Zimbabwe has since independence held three census exercises. The previous ones were held in 1982, 1992 and 2002.
The last 2002 census put the population of the country at 11.6 million.
Analysts expect the next census to show either a drop in population growth or stagnation after an economic meltdown drove more millions Zimbabweans out of the country in search of better living conditions.