Are Sassa applications open for grants

Social grants are a vital source of income for many financially vulnerable households in the country; The South African Social Security Agency aims to ensure that those who are eligible receive them. However, what is most important is that recipients know whether individual grant applications are currently open.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) serves to provide social security services to all eligible South Africans. Beneficiaries of the Agency’s social grants include eligible children, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Consequently, it is equally important for each of these beneficiaries to know if and when applications for these social grants are open and how to apply for them.

Grant for the elderly

Sassa uses this grant to provide financial assistance to older people in their senior years. Persons aged 60 years or older are considered eligible for the Senior Citizens Scholarship. The old-age pension was the former name for this payment. Recipients receive R1 980 per month. If you are over 75, you will receive R2 000. To qualify for this grant, you must:

Be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
Live in South Africa
Not receiving any other social support for yourself
Not to be cared for in a state institution
Do not earn more than R86 280 if single or R172 560 if married.
Do not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.
To apply, beneficiaries must visit their nearest Sassa office and bring the following supporting documents and follow the instructions below.

Your 13-digit ID with barcode. If you do not have an ID: Fill out an affidavit in the standard Sassa format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a Sassa official.
Bring an affidavit signed by a reputable person (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal) who can verify your name and age.
Your fingerprints will be taken by a Sassa official. While your application is being processed, you will be sent to the Home Office to apply for an ID. If you do not get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
Complete the application form while the Sassa officer is present; Please note that only you as the applicant or SASSA officer can complete the application form. After talking to you, the officer will determine if you are eligible for a grant.

You will be provided with a receipt. Keep it as proof that you signed up. Your application may take up to three months to be processed.

Child support allowance

Applicants may be eligible for Child Support Allowance if they need help raising a child they are looking after. Qualifying children will now receive their basic Child Support Grant (CSG) of R480 plus an additional R240 (50% of the basic CSG) for a total of R720.

To receive this grant, applicants must meet the requirements below:

Be the child’s primary carer (e.g. parent, grandparent or head of household child over 16) Prove that you are the child’s primary carer if you are not the biological parent. This can be done by providing an affidavit from a police or social worker report.
Be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
If you are single, do not earn more than R52 800 per year. If you are married, your combined income should not exceed R105 600 per year.
In addition, the child must live with the primary caregiver, be under the age of 18, and not be in the care of a state facility. Both the carer and the child must reside in South Africa.

Grant for social assistance in need (SRD).

The Social Assistance Grant (SRD) is a short-term assistance program for people who are in such extreme financial need that they are unable to provide for most of their family’s necessities. Eligible beneficiaries receive R350 per month.

Applications for the SRD grant of the current cycle can be submitted online as follows.

How to apply for an SRD grant online

Go to srd.sassa.gov.za
Go to “How can I apply for this SRD grant”.
Click on the yellow bar that says “Click here to apply online
Enter your phone number
Click “send SMS”
Then enter the one-time PIN that Sassa sent to the number
Continue the application process by completing the steps required by Sassa
Alternatively, applicants can apply for the SRD grant through WhatsApp using the steps given below

Add 082 046 8553 as a contact to your phone
Go to WhatsApp and send a “hello” message to this number
You will then receive a response and you should reply with the words “help”
You will have different options, answer ‘4’
This will take you to the Unathi Sassa platform message to which you should reply “SRD”.
You must then confirm whether you are applying for yourself or someone else
Now the actual application starts and you will have to enter your name, surname and social security number in the message.
You will then receive a message on Whatsapp with the next steps.
The applicant must also authorize Sassa to verify their identification, address, income or social security benefits in order to access or have their SRD grant application considered. In addition, applicants must agree to the Declaration and Consent.

Grant for the disabled

Those claiming Disability Allowance must have a developmental disability that renders them unable to work for more than six months to be considered eligible.

Claimants receive temporary disability allowance if their disability lasts less than six months but more than 12 months, and permanent disability allowance if their disability lasts more than a year. The maximum payout from Sass is R1 985 per month.

To receive a disability grant, applicants must meet the requirements below.

Be between the ages of 18 and 59, have a 13-digit barcode ID and be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee residing in South Africa at the time of application (ID)
Do not earn more than R86 280 for singles and R172 560 for married people.
Do not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.
Take a medical examination to determine the extent of your disability with a state-appointed physician.
Bring all previous medical reports and records with you when applying and during assessment.
To apply for this grant, Sassa advises applicants to visit their nearest Sassa office and complete the Disability Grant Application Form in the presence of a Sassa Officer and submit the documents below:

Your proof of identity with a 13-digit barcode (ID). If you do not have an ID,
Complete an affidavit in SASSA’s standard format before an independent commissioner of oaths.
An affidavit confirming your name and age must be brought and signed by a respected person (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal).
A Sassa official will take your fingerprints.
While your application is being processed, you will be sent to the Home Office to apply for an ID. Your grant will be p

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