If you are looking for the SASSA Payments for 2021, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss what SASSA is, how to apply for the various Grants, and we will try to answer ALL questions related to the SASSA Grant.
What is SASSA?
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is an Agency of the Department of Social Development. It administers, manages and pays social assistance to those who are unable to support themselves and their dependents.
Social assistance is a pro-poor programme of the Department of Social Development with the aim of keeping vulnerable people from falling into abject poverty. It is aimed specifically at older persons, people with disabilities and children. It also supplies Social Relief of Distress (SRD) to individuals and households in disastrous situations.
Approximately 18 million individuals and households are supported through grants, totalling nearly R200 billion annually. Approx 12,5 million grants are for Child Support, 3,5 million for Old Age, and 1 million for Disability. During 2020, an additional 6 million people were approved for special COVID-related grants, and top-ups were made to other grants.
Although SASSA manages the process, actual payments to individuals are done by the South African Post Office (SAPO).
The SASSA slogan is, “To pay the right social grant, to the right person, at the right time and place”.
- What is SASSA?
- What Grants Does SASSA pay?
- Payment Dates for SASSA grants
- SASSA Grant Requirements
- How Much is the SASSA Grant?
- FAQ About SASSA Grants
- Where can you apply for a SASSA grant?
- How do you apply for a SASSA grant?
- What documents do you need to apply for a SASSA grant?
- When Will I Receive My SASSA Grant?
- How to check the status of your SASSA grant application
- Help, My Application for the SASSA grant was unsuccessful
- How to withdraw your SASSA grant money?
- How to replace a lost SASSA card:
- How to check on SASSA balances
- Means tests for SASSA grants
- Reviews of SASSA grants
- Lapsing of SASSA grants
- Suspension of SASSA grants
What Grants Does SASSA pay?
SASSA pays the following Grants:
- Child Support Grant (CSG)
- Foster Child Grant
- Care Dependency Grant
- Disability Grant
- Older Persons Grant
- War Veterans Grant
- Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD)
Payment Dates for SASSA grants
Payment dates are staggered over a few days. SASSA announces the dates for each month. For example, in February 2021:
- Older Persons Grants: From 3 February
- Disability Grants: From 4 February
- Other Grants: From 5 February
Some beneficiaries (Old Age Pension and Disability Grant) use one card to also receive Child Support, Care Dependency and Foster Child grants. In such cases, they will be able to access all linked grants simultaneously with their Old Age Pensions or Disability Grants.
There is no need to rush to withdraw cash on the first day. Once the money is in the account, it will remain there until it is needed.
SASSA Grant Requirements
Who can claim a SASSA grant? Applicants must be South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees (official refugee status granted by the South African government must be provided) and all beneficiaries must be living in South Africa.
The following people can claim grants from SASSA:
- Parents or caregivers from lower-income households to assist with the basic costs of children – Child Support Grant
- Those who have given custody of children who have been orphaned, abandoned, abused, neglected or are otherwise at risk – Foster Care Grant
- Parents or caregivers of children up to age 18 with severe physical or mental disabilities – Care Dependency Grant
- Those aged between 18 and 59 years who have severe physical or mental disabilities that makes them unfit to work and unable to support themselves – Disability Grant
- Those 60 years or older with no other means of financial income – Older Persons Grant
- Those who fought in the First or Second World War or the Korean War and are unable to support themselves – War Veterans Grant
- Those already receiving a Disability, Older Persons or War Veterans Grant who need permanent care as they cannot look after themselves – Grant-in-Aid
- People in dire need who are unable to meet their own or their families’ most basic needs – Social Relief of Distress Grant
We have written an article with list of ALL SASSA requirements for each group mentioned above.
How Much is the SASSA Grant?
Grant amounts change every year and are announced in the national budget speech or at the opening of Parliament.
Current amounts paid, from April 2020
- Child Support: R450
- Foster Care: R1 040
- Care Dependency: R1 860
- Disability: Maximum R1 860
- Old Person’s Grant: Maximum R1 860
- War Veterans: R1 880
- Grant-in-aid: R450
- Social Relief of Distress: Depends on circumstances
What is the Social Assistance Amendment Act, 2020?
During 2020, new legislation regarding the grant system was passed and will come into effect in April 2021.
Important changes are,
- A top-up to the Child Support Grant for orphans being cared for by family members, so that they do not have to wait for a court order for Foster Children. The amount is not yet known.
- Children who are heading child-headed households being eligible for Child Support Grants
- An Independent Tribunal to consider appeals against decisions made by SASSA
- An Independent Inspectorate to monitor the integrity of the SASSA systems
FAQ About SASSA Grants
Where can you apply for a SASSA grant?
At the SASSA office nearest you.
From September 2020, SASSA launched an online grant application portal. To start, this is for the following grants only: Foster Child, Older Persons and Child Support. Apply at https://services.sassa.gov.za/
How do you apply for a SASSA grant?
How to apply for SASSA? Fill in the online application form and attach all the required documentation at https://services.sassa.gov.za/
Fill in an application form at the SASSA office.
- If you are too old or sick to travel to the office, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf, with a letter from you giving authorisation.
- You can also ask SASSA to do a home visit.
- Application is free.
- Your application form must be completed in the presence of an officer of SASSA.
- When your application is completed, you’ll be given a receipt. Keep the receipt as proof of your application.
What documents do you need to apply for a SASSA grant?
- The Application form for the specific grant
- Check the requirements for each grant for the specific documents and information you should provide.
Some general guidelines are as follows:
- All documents must be originals or certified copies.
- If an affidavit is required, the affidavit form must be supplied to you by SASSA, but must be signed by a non-SASSA Commissioner of Oaths
- For identification:
- Bar-coded ID document, birth certificate, refugee permit
- If no ID:
- An affidavit giving the required information for you, your spouse or the child
- A sworn statement from a reputable person to verify your name and age
- SASSA officials will take fingerprints and you will be referred to Department of Home Affairs to apply for an ID
- If you don’t get an ID the grant will be suspended
- If no ID for child, some of the following may be considered
- Baptismal certificate
- Road to health clinic card
- Child’s school certificate
- Proof of address
- Proof of spousal relationship
- Sworn statement or affidavit if you are single
- Marriage certificate and spouse’s ID document
- Divorce order
- Spouse’s death certificate if deceased
- Proof of income
- Sworn statement or affidavit of your income (and that of your spouse if applicable)
- Supporting documents to prove income of yourself and spouse (eg pay slips, bank statements for 3 months, pension slips, UIF card if unemployed or discharge certificate from your previous employer if you were employed)
- Proof of assets (required for some grants)
- Include the municipal value of your home
- A copy of the will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts, if your spouse died within the last five years.
- If you have investments, information on the interest and dividends you earn
When Will I Receive My SASSA Grant?
It usually takes 3 months for approval to be given. If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the date on which you applied. For Foster Child Grants, the date of payment is from the date of court placement.
How to check the status of your SASSA grant application
For information on
- Pay-out dates
- Qualifying rules for all government grants
- District office addresses and contact numbers
- For help with what’s happened to your application
- How you can report any fraud or corruption
Website: South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
Toll-free helpline: 0800 601 011
Facebook: SASSA News
For enquiries about the current R350 COVID-related special grant:
WhatsApp: 082 046 8553
Help, My Application for the SASSA grant was unsuccessful
You will be informed in writing of the reasons for refusal. You have 90 days to request that the decision is reconsidered.
According to the new legislation, from April 2021 you will lodge an appeal in writing to the Independent Tribunal, giving your reasons for disagreeing with the original SASSA decision. The Tribunal will require SASSA to provide its own reasons and will make a final determination about your application.
How to withdraw your SASSA grant money?
After approval of your grant, you will be issued with a SASSA payment card. This is a debit card managed by SAPO (SA Post Office). Grants will be electronically deposited into this card and you can access your grant money in the following ways:
- Withdrawals at ATMs
- Withdrawals at SAPO
- Purchases at retail stores
- Purchases wherever VISA cards are accepted for payments
- Cash at designated SASSA pay points – there are about 1700 of these in rural areas that lack payment infrastructure. You may nominate someone to collect on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Alternatively you can appoint a procurator at the SASSA office.
You can also apply to SASSA to change the way you are paid:
- Have your grant paid into your bank account, including Post Bank. Normal banking charges will apply.
- Have your grant paid to an institution, such as a non-state old age home, a home for those with disabilities or a welfare organisation acting as administrators of the grant.
If you change the way you are paid, it will take a month for the change to be effected.
How to replace a lost SASSA card:
SASSA cards work in the same way as other bank cards issued by banks.
- As for any bank card, keep details secure, including pin numbers
- If you have lost your card, present your ID document at any Post Office or SASSA office countrywide, and you will be issued with a new card within minutes.
- To change your pin number, go to the Post Office or SASSA office with your ID.
- The SASSA cards must be replaced from time to time. There have been claims that all cards will expire on 31 March 2021, but SASSA has denied that cards will stop working on that date. Dates for renewal of cards will be communicated by SASSA.
How to check on SASSA balances
Dial *120*3210# on your phone
Follow the prompts
Dial *120*69277# on your phone
Follow the prompts
You can check at an ATM, but there may be charges for this. (Using a cell phone is also safer for social distancing.)
Means tests for SASSA grants
A means test is an evaluation of an applicant’s income and assets (their “means”). Grants are paid only to those whose means are under a stipulated amount. All SASSA grants have a means test, except the Foster Child Grant and the Grant-in-Aid.
Grants for older persons, war veterans and disabled are paid on a sliding scale. The more private income you have, the smaller the government pension you will qualify for.
Asset and Income thresholds (2020)
|Type of threshold||Grant type||Amount for 2020|
|Single person||Combined income if married|
|Annual income||Child Support||R52 800||R105 600|
|Annual income||Care Dependency||R223 200||R446 400|
|Annual income||Older Persons, Disability, War Veterans||R86 280||R172 560|
|Assets||R1 227 600||R2 455 200|
Reviews of SASSA grants
Reviews are done to verify that a beneficiary still complies with the conditions of the grant, and is still entitled to it, and, in some cases, that the beneficiary is still alive.
If you do not collect your own grant with a biometric validation (fingerprint), you will be asked to provide life status confirmation (proof of life) once per year.
SASSA will inform you in writing 3 months before of the date of the review and what the outcome may be. If you are bedridden, SASSA will do a home visit.
After a review you will be given a certificate of compliance.
Lapsing of SASSA grants
The main reasons for the lapsing of grants are
- Age (eg Child Grant lapses when the child turns 18)
- Admission to a state institution
- Non collection of a grant for 3 consecutive months
- End of the period of temporary disability
- You are absent from South Africa for longer than 90 days
- You cease to be a refugee
Suspension of SASSA grants
Your grant may be suspended under the following circumstances:
- Changes in your circumstances (financial, medical, etc)
- Outcome of a review
- Failure to cooperate with a review
- Failure to respond to a notice sent to you by SASSA
- Providing false information on your application
- Where a grant was approved in error
Note: Application for restoration of grants must be made within 90 days of the suspension
Responsibilities of beneficiaries of SASSA grants
- Keep SASSA informed of changes in means and circumstances, including physical and postal addresses
- Respond to any notices sent by SASSA