Getting prepared to get SASSA grants

Getting prepared to get SASSA grants

This is a comprehensive method to get the SASSA grants and everything you need to know about it.

Social grants in South Africa are guided by sections 24 through 29 of the Bill of Rights of the constitution and are directed by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Are you in need of financial assistance? Here is some useful information for individuals that receive SASSA financial help. If you need one, you can find what you need here to know about the qualifying SASSA grant requirements as well as the procedure for applying for these social grants in South Africa.

Things to know about it

Types of SASSA grants 2020:

  • Child support
  • Care dependency
  • Foster child
  • Disability
  • Older persons
  • War Veterans
  • Grant-in-aid
  • Social relief of distress

How to get qualified for SASSA grant:

All of the social, non-refundable government financial aids are ‘means-tested’. By means-tested, we mean that your income and assets are evaluated, and you will be eligible for the grants if you fall below the given limit.

Requirements to apply for SASSA grant:

1. Child Support Grant:

  • The primary caregiver must be a South African native, permanent resident, or refugee.
  • Both the applicant and the child must be residing in the country, and the kid must be below 18 years of age.
  • In case you are not the biological parent of the kid, you need to provide evidence that you are the primary caregiver. This can be an affidavit from a police officer, a social worker report, correspondence from a school’s head, or an affidavit from the biological parent.
  • The kid or kids should live under the care of the primary caregiver who is not paid to look after them.
  • The applicant should not have a monthly income that exceeds R4,000 per month or R48,000 a year if they are single. If they are married, the combined annual income should not be more than R96,000 or R8,000 per month.
  • The child should not be under the care of a state institution.
  • If you are an adoptive parent, you cannot apply for more than six non-biological kids unless they are legally adopted.

SASSA child grant application requirements

  • Their 13-digit bar code smart card ID
  • The child’s birth certificate (the certificate should have an ID number.)
  • The applicant’s proof of income: This could be a bank statement for three months, salary slips, or pension slips.
  • If the applicant is unemployed, they should present the discharge certificate that was issued by their most recent employer. Alternatively, they can show their Insurance Fund (UIF) card.
  • A written proof that the parents or guardians of the child have accorded them the responsibility of taking care of the child or children
  • Proof that you are the child’s primary caregiver
  • Proof that the applicant tried to get the child’s parents or guardian to pay for the child’s maintenance.

2. Care Dependency Grant: 

  • The applicant and the disabled child must be South African citizens, permanent residents or immigrants unless the applicant is the child’s foster parent.
  • Both the applicant and child must reside in South Africa at the time of applying for the funding.
  • The disabled child must be below 18 years.
  • The applicant’s annual income should be less than R405,600 if they are married and R202,800 if they are not married.
  • The applicant should legally be the child’s caregiver, so one should have a court order that recognizes them as a foster parent or guardian.
  • The care-dependent kid(s) must not be permanently cared for in a government institution.

SASSA child grant application requirements: During the application process, the following documents should be presented:

  • The child’s birth certificate (the certificate should have an identification number.)
  • The applicant’s 13-digit bar code smart card ID
  • The child’s functional assessment report to evaluate the child’s capabilities
  • Foster parents should present a court order that qualifies them to be recognized as foster parents.
  • The applicant’s proof of marital status (They can present their spouse’s death certificate or marriage certificate.)
  • Proof of a medical or assessment report showing the kid’s permanent disability and its severity
  • The applicant’ proof of income
  • The child’s proof of income

3.  Foster Child Grant: The payout for Foster Child government financial aid is R1,040 per month. One has to meet the following requirements to qualify for the funding:

  • As the foster guardian, you need to be a South African national, permanent resident, or refugee.
  • You and the child must be residents of South Africa.
  • The child must be younger than 18 years.
  • You must provide official court documents indicating that legally you are the foster parent.
  • No means test is needed for this financial help as the kid must remain in your care as the foster caregiver.

Important things to need when applying:

  1. A 13-digit bar code smart card ID. If you are a refugee, you should provide the refugee ID.
  2. You must present the foster kid’s birth certificate. Alternatively, you can present their baptismal card, academic certificate, health clinic card, or a signed statement by a reputable person who knows you and the child.

4. SASSA Disability Grant: Disability Grant payout is R1,860 for the 2020/2021 financial year. To qualify for this grant, you must:

  • Be either a South Africa resident or a refugee permanently living in the country.
  • Be aged between 18 and 59 years.
  • You should not be under the care of a state institution.
  • Your minimum annual income should not be more than R78,120 if you are single and R156,240 if you are married.
  • The worth of your assets should not be more than R2,230,800 if you are married and R1,115,400 if you are single.
  • Have evidence that a doctor found you unfit for work due to a mental or physical disability.

During the application process, you will be required to present the following documents:

  • Provide a 13-digit bar code smart card ID
  • A medical report that was done within the last three months of your application date

5. SASSA old age Grant (old-age pension): To apply for this type of category, the features below determines who can or not.

  • Applicants need to be citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.
  • Applicant must be 60 years or older.
  • The applicant must not be maintained in a state institution.
  • The applicant must not be a recipient of any other SASSA monetary help.
  • The applicant’s annual income should be less than R82,400 if they are single and R 164,880 if they are married.
  • The worth of the applicant’s assets should not be more than R1,174,800 if they are single and R2,349,600 if they are married.

SASSA old age pension application requirements:

  • A 13-digit barcoded smart Identification card
  • Proof of marital status
  • Proof of assets and their valuation
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of address
  • Unemployed applicants should present a discharge letter form the most recent employer or the ‘blue book’

6. War Veterans Grant: The highest payout for this SASSA financial aid is R1,880 every month. To qualify for War Veterans Grant, the applicant:

  • Must be a South African national or a permanent resident.
  • Must be aged 60 years and above or disabled.
  • Must have served in the Second World War or the Korean War.
  • Must not be cared for in a public facility.
  • Must not be a recipient of any other social grants.
  • Should have an income of less than R78,120 per month if they are single and R156,240 if they are married.
  • The value of their assets should not be more than R1,115,400 if they are single and R2,230,800 if they are married.

The following documents should be presented during application:

  • Provide a 13-digit code smart
  • ID card Proof of war service
  • Medical assessment report to prove that the applicant cannot work if they are below 60 years
  • Proof of marital status

7. Grant-in-aid: The aim is to allow one to pay a full-time caregiver to look after them. The value of this financial help is R420 per month. To qualify, the applicant:

  • Must be a South African citizen or permanently residing in the country as a refugee and receives a disability financial aid, old age pension, or war veteran grant. Also, the applicants should need 24/7 attendance by another individual due to their mental or physical incapabilities.
  • Must be assessed by a medical practitioner to confirm that they cannot take care of themselves.
  • Must not be cared for in a government facility or institution whose services are subsidized by the state.

During the application, the applicant should present the following documents:

  • A bar-coded South African Identification Document
  • A medical assessment report
  • Proof of marital status
  • Are waiting for any of the relevant government financial assistance above to be approved.
  • Are medically incapable of undertaking payable employment for less than six months or have been affected by a disaster.
  • Have been left unattended by a deceased breadwinner, or physically or mentally incapable breadwinner admitted in a government-funded institution.
  • Do not receive maintenance from persons legally required to do so and can prove that trying to obtain such assistant has not been successful.
  • Also, they do not receive aid from any organization.

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