What Does SASSA Mean by Alternative Income Source Identified?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) plays a vital role in providing financial support to millions of vulnerable South Africans through various social grants. However, there are instances where SASSA communicates that an “alternative income source” has been identified for a particular individual or household. In this blog post, we will demystify what SASSA means by “alternative income source identified” and explore the implications of this status.

What Does “Alternative Income Source Identified” Mean?

When SASSA communicates that an “alternative income source” has been identified for an individual or household, it signifies that SASSA has determined that the individual or household has access to another source of income, which may render them ineligible for a particular social grant or reduce the grant amount they receive.

Common Reasons for Identifying an Alternative Income Source

Several factors can lead to SASSA identifying an alternative income source:

Common Reasons for Identifying an Alternative Income Source

Employment or Wages: If an individual or a member of a household is found to be employed or earning wages that exceed the threshold for the specific social grant they are receiving, SASSA may consider this as an alternative income source.

Spousal or Family Support: SASSA may identify an alternative income source when it determines that an applicant is receiving financial support from a spouse or family member, which could impact their eligibility for certain grants.

Property Ownership: Ownership of property or other significant assets can also be considered an alternative income source, as it may indicate the ability to generate income or access resources.

Implications of “Alternative Income Source Identified”

When SASSA identifies an alternative income source, it can have several implications:

Grant Eligibility: The identification of an alternative income source may affect the eligibility of an individual or household for a particular social grant. In some cases, it may lead to the discontinuation of the grant.

Review Process: Individuals or households who receive notifications of an alternative income source identified by SASSA may be subject to a review process. This process involves providing additional information and documentation to verify their financial status and eligibility for the grant.


The notification of an “alternative income source identified” by SASSA signifies that the agency has identified another potential source of income for an individual or household. It’s crucial to understand the implications of this determination and take appropriate steps to address any issues or discrepancies. By staying informed and proactive, individuals can ensure that they receive the appropriate level of support from SASSA while complying with the agency’s eligibility criteria.