More than one in five vacancies are unfilled at the country’s official data collection agency, Stats SA, potentially putting the credibility of national statistics used by policymakers and business leaders at risk.

“The biggest effect is on the work of data collection in that it has an adverse effect on the quality of the products the organisation delivers,” statistician-general Risenga Maluleke said in reply to questions by Business Day, adding that work programme targets  had either been dropped or reprioritised.

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