What are the Sassa Social Grants available for South Africans?

What are the Sassa Social Grants available for South AfricansSocial grant applications are administered by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Information on social grants and how to apply is available on the Services section of this website in all South African official languages. The grants are:

Older person’s grant (old age pension)
Child support grant
Care dependency grant
Grant in aid (if you live on a social grant but need someone to take care of you)
War veteran’s grant
Foster child grant
Disability grant

About the older person’s grant: You can get a grant to see you through your old age. An older person’s grant is paid to people who are 60 years or older. This grant used to be called the old age pension.

How do you know if you qualify? You must: be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee, live in South Africa, not receive any other social grant for yourself, not be cared for in a state institution, not earn more than R86 280 if you are single or R172 560 if married. not have assets worth more than 1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.

How much will you get? The maximum amount that you will get is R1 890 per month. If you are older than 75 years, you will get R1 910.

About the child support grant: If you are needy, you can get a grant to help you raise the child you look after. How do you know if you qualify? You must: Be the child’s primary caregiver (e.g. parent, grandparent or a child over 16 heading a family).

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Note: If you are not the child’s parent, you must provide proof that you are the child’s primary caregiver through an affidavit from a police official, a social worker’s report, an affidavit from the biological parent or a letter from the principal of the school attended by the child. Be a South African citizen or permanent resident. Not earn more than R52 800 per year if you are single. If you are married, your combined income should not be above R105 600 per year.

About the care dependency grant: Get a grant to take care of a child who has a severe disability and is in need of full-time and special care. The care dependency grant covers disabled children from birth until they turn 18. How do you know if you qualify? You must: be a parent, primary caregiver or a foster parent appointed by the court be a South African citizen or permanent resident not earn more than R223 200 a year if you are single. Your combined income should not be above R446 400 a year if you are married.

Note: This income limit does not apply to foster parents. The child must: be younger than 18 years not be cared for permanently in a state institution have a severe disability and need full-time and special care.

About a disability grant: If you have a physical or mental disability which makes you unfit to work for a period of longer than six months, you can apply for a disability grant.

You get a permanent disability grant if your disability will continue for more than a year and a temporary disability grant if your disability will last for a continuous period of not less than six months and not more than 12 months. A permanent disability grant does not mean you will receive the grant for life, but that it will continue for longer than 12 months.

How do you know if you qualify? To qualify, you must: be a South African citizen or permanent resident or refugee and living in South Africa at the time of application
be between 18 and 59 years old, not be cared for in a state institution have a 13-digit, bar-coded identity document (ID) not earn more than R86 280 if you are single or R172 560 if married. not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married, also undergo a medical examination where a doctor appointed by the state will assess the degree of your disability bring along any previous medical records and reports when you make the application and when the assessment is done.

You can also apply for social relief of distress for temporary assistance. Enquiries: Toll free: 0800 60 10 11 or CPS 0800 60 01 60


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