SASSA Disability Grant 2024

If you are a resident of South Africa and bear any physical and mental disability that restrains you from professional activities for over six months, you are eligible for a SASSA disability grant. By South African law, SASSA is obliged to financially support you until your disability intrudes into your professional life.

SASSA Disability Grant

 If the disability is temporary, SASSA will fund you for not less than six months and not more than a year. However, if the disability is irreversible, implying that it is untreatable, you will get financial support for more than a year.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Disability Grant?

SASSA devotes its financial support and energies to serving the people of South Africa who cannot afford their fundamental life needs. There are certain groups classified under the Social Relief of Distress grant based on their financial dependency.

SASSA funds each group with amounts that suit their monthly needs and requirements. Likewise, SASSA also releases monthly payments for disabled residents of South Africa who meet the following eligibility criteria:

Above all, you should be a permanent resident of South Africa or a refugee who is inhabiting South Africa while applying for the SASSA SRD grant.

The applicant must belong to the age group 18-59 years.

The applicant must not be enjoying state care in any institute funded by the government of South Africa.

The applicant must bear a bar-coded 13-digit identity document.

If the applicant is single, their annual income should not exceed R86 280; if you are married, the income must equate to R172 560.

Applicants aspiring for a disability grant must not possess assets worth more than R1 227 600 if they are single.

The assets’ worth should not transcend R2 455 200 if the applicant is married.

The agency’s rulebook obliges specially-abled applicants to undergo a medical examination to assess the severity of their disability. Note that the agency will appoint a physician by itself.

The applicant must bring along medical history report to support their case.

The physicians will screen the applicant through necessary medical checks and forward their health report to South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). The report is only valid for three months after the day of the medical examination.

If you are under 18 and your health condition demands permanent care, your primary caretaker can claim for Care Dependency Grant. In case you don’t bear an ID, you will need to fill out an affidavit. You will have to furnish the agency with proof, issued by the Department of Home Affairs, that you have applied for ID.

How much is the SASSA SRD grant for the disabled?

The state will pay you a maximum of R1 980 per month if you have applied for a SASSA SRD disability grant.

How will SASSA Pay you?

SASSA can reimburse you for the payment through different channels. You can choose one that suits you the most.

  • Cash on a fixed date of the month at a specific pay point.
  • Digital deposit to your bank account. It also includes post banks.

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How to Apply?

The first step is to fill out the application form for the SASSA SRD disability grant. The application form is available on SASSA’s official site. You can also visit the closest SASSA franchise and fill out the application form under the supervision of a SASSA officer.

Second, attach the following documents with the application form:

  • 1. Bar-coded 13-digit Identity Document. 
  • A medical report that confirms your disability.
  • Marriage certificate as proof of your marital status.
  • A document that proves your residence.
  • A document indicating proof of your source of income.
  • The net worth of assets, if any.
  • A document indicating your private pension.
  • Account statement of the past three months.
  • If you are a refugee, you must submit a refugee status permit and 13-digit refugee ID designated by the government of South Africa.
  • You must lodge an unemployment insurance fund document. If you were employed previously, you must attach a discharge certificate from your former employer.

After you lodge your application, SASSA will provide you with a receipt as proof of your lodged application.

In case you are not an ID bearer, follow the steps:

  • Fill an affidavit that matches the SASSA standard format under the supervision of a commissioner of Oaths who has no connections with SASSA.
  •  You must attach a sworn statement with the application that a reputable person verifies. The reputable person here refers to a councilor, traditional leader, social worker, Minister of religion, or school principal who can affirm your name and age.
  • Subsequently, SASSA officials will record your fingerprints.
  • Last, you will apply for an ID. For this purpose, you will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs. SASSA will suspend your grant if you don’t get an ID.

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Grant reviews

The applicants are obliged to provide authentic information in the application form. You must also attach all the required documents. If you fail to comply with both conditions, SASSA will suspend your grant.

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SASSA reviews your financial conditions from time to time. It assures that all the information initially provided in the application form is still applicable, and the beneficiary still matches the eligibility criteria of the SASSA disability grant.

SASSA notifies its clients about the reviews three months prior to D-day. It also mentions the venue and date of the review. For the bedridden beneficiaries, the SASSA team visits them at their places of residence.

Responsibility of the Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries must inform the agency if any of their credentials change with time. These may include changes associated with their physical conditions and postal address. 

SASSA communicates to its clients through a registered email address. If the client does not respond to the notices issued by SASSA, it may take a toll on their funds, and SASSA may suspend their grants.

What is Means Test?

The means test refers to the evaluation of the income sources of the applicant. The agency will affirm whether the income of the applicant meets the eligibility criteria of the SASSA disability grant. The agency makes sure that the applicant’s income is not more than the stipulated amount.

 The prime objective of running a means test is to ensure that the subsidy is provided to the deserving ones. The purpose is to support people who are in dire need of government aid to survive in the economically striving world. The means test varies with the kind of grant in question.

Why is Your Grant Suspended?

SASSA may suspend your Grant in the following cases:

  • When your financial condition alleviates.
  • Identification of false information provided in your application after SASSA reviews the application.
  • When the applicant does not cooperate with SASSA during the process of grant review.
  • When SASSA observes a criminal record.

Why does Your Grant Lapse?

SASSA may lapse the grant in different scenarios, which are listed below:

  • The applicant is dead.
  • The applicant inhabits the state’s rehabilitation institute.
  • The applicant does not collect his payment for three months in a row.
  • The applicant is not living in the country.

Note that if the beneficiaries are living in an institute that the government funds to look after them, their grant will be reduced to 25% of the initial amount. The deduction will start after you have lived for four months in the institute. However, if you leave the institute, the grant will be reinstated the day you exit the institute.

What to do when SASSA Application is Rejected?

  • After you submit your application, the social security office will inform you regarding the rejection or approval of your application.
  • If the agency has rejected your application for the grant, it will elaborate on the reason behind the rejection.
  • You can then appeal for reconsideration to the Minister of Social Development department if you disagree with the agency’s decision.
  • The applicant is obliged to appeal within 90 days after the rejection of their application.

SASSA will process your application, and it may take 90 days. If the agency accepts your request for the grant, it will fund you starting from the day you apply.

Subsequent to the approval of your application, you can keep track of your grant and SASSA balance by status check. You can check your application status by logging in to your account on their official website. 

SASSA informs its clients of their application status check feature online. You can also check your application status through the link available on this webpage.

FAQs

SASSA announced the latest date for grant dissemination. The permanent grants distribution process started recently on 3rd March 2023. The grant distribution process started on the third day of the running month. The South African Social Security Agency instigated the grant dissemination process by funding the amount to senior citizens of South Africa first.

In case of any query, the applicants can contact SASSA through different platforms and get their confusions sorted out.

SASSA Toll free: 0800 60 10 11

Email: [email protected]

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