Children who have physical or mental disabilities and require full-time supervision are entitled to receive the Sassa Care Dependency Grant (CGD) from the South African government. There is no way that the child can be cared for by institutions funded by the government. Home care needs to be provided permanently to the child.
According to the 1 April 2023 Care Dependency Grant calculation, the monthly grant amount will be R2 080 per child. Grants will be raised by R10 from 1 October 2023 to R2 090.
Understanding the SASSA Care Dependency Grant
Social security grants from the South African government are known as SASSA Care Dependency Grants. It is designed to assist people with disabilities and medical conditions who require special care. Individuals and their families are eligible for this grant in order to alleviate the financial burden they face.
Sassa Care Dependency Grant Requirements
Individuals who meet the criteria for the SASSA Care Dependency Grant can apply (please note that the criteria may change). The following criteria must be met:
- Refugees, permanent residents, or South African citizens are invited to apply
- Foster parents, primary caregivers, or parents of children under 18 are eligible
- Children cannot be permanently cared for by a state-funded institution
- You and your child must live in South Africa
- You must provide proof that the child is permanently cared for or supported
- Your spouse and you are responsible for the following amount (foster parents are not subject to this test).
Sassa Care Dependency Grant Means Test
As part of SASSA’s social grant program, a means test is used. Applicants are assessed based on their income to determine whether they qualify for a grant. If you are applying for a job as a single applicant, your income cannot exceed R249 600 a year, and if you are applying for a job as a couple, your combined income cannot exceed R499 200 per year (this is for 1 April 2023) in order to qualify.
Married applicants are considered based on half of their combined incomes.
Foster parents with a Care Dependent child are eligible for Care Dependency Grants and Child Grants (the means test does not apply to foster parents).
How to Apply for Sassa Care Dependency Grant
SASSA offices or SASSA services website are the best places to apply for the Care Dependency Grant (read the instructions on how to apply online via SASSA services website).
Applicants who are too ill, old, or disabled to visit SASSA themselves may request an application to be submitted on their behalf by a relative or friend.
In order to complete an application form at the SASSA office, a SASSA officer must be present. In the event you or the person you appointed are unable to complete the application form on your own, you may need the assistance of a SASSA officer.
You will receive a dated stamped receipt signed by a SASSA representative who assisted you with your application. It is imperative that you keep your receipt as a proof of your application.
The application process is free of charge.
Sassa Care Dependency Grant Application Documents
The following documents are required for applications for the SASSA care dependency grant (originals or certified copies):
- If an applicant does not have a birth certificate or ID document, they are required to submit a SASSA affidavit.
- Documents showing your identity and your spouse’s identity (if you do not have your own identification, you may complete the SASSA affidavits here).
- In order to prove household income, the following documents may be used:
- Pay slips if you are employed
- It is necessary to present a UIF card if receiving UIF
- Affidavit of unemployment
- Pension receipt if on pension
- Whether you received child support from the other biological parent or whether you tried to receive maintenance but were unsuccessful
- You can prove your spousal relationship by the following documents:
- Marriage certificate: if you are married
- If divorced, order of divorce
- Your spouse’s death certificate: if your spouse passed away
- You can also provide a sworn statement or affidavit if none of these conditions apply (e.g. single and unmarried, separated from your spouse, not in communication with him/her).
- An order from the court proving your foster parent status if applicable
- A lawyer, school letter, or social worker’s report are all acceptable affidavits if you are not the child’s parent.
- The income of both you and your spouse must be listed in a sworn statement or affidavit
- Reports from doctors that confirm a child requires permanent care due to severe disabilities (physical or mental).
CARE DEPENDENCY GRANT OUTCOME
In 30 business days after application submission, applicants receive written notification of approval or rejection. If SASSA rejects your application, you will be notified of the reasons.
You can ask SASSA to reassess your application if they reject it. Please click here to download SASSA’s Reconsideration Application.
If your application is still rejected after reconsideration, you may appeal to the Minister of Social Development.
The applicant will receive the first payment within three months of being approved. Your application date will be used as the backdate for payments.
Care Dependency Grant Payments
It will take up to 45 days for your grant payment to arrive after it has been approved.
(In accordance with your preferences), you can receive your Care Dependency Grant as follows:
- Direct deposit into your bank account
- Pay points are approved for cash collection
- In the form of specific institutions
Those who wish to receive their SASSA grant by bank account must provide the following documents: the Consent Form for Bank Payment of SASSA Grant and a copy of your passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, and a copy of your bank account statement (received from the bank) for a period of three months.
When you change your payment method at the Welfare office, the new method will take effect the following month.
In the event that you cannot collect your grant on your own, you may nominate someone to do so for you.
Care Dependency Grant Reviews
In order to apply, you must include a copy of every source of income you have.
It is necessary for grant-holders to demonstrate that they still meet the grant’s requirements in order to continue receiving their grants. If you have changed circumstances since submitting your application, we will review it.
Three months prior to the application review, SASSA will notify applicants. The document will give you information about when and where the review will be conducted, and what will happen afterward. The bedridden applicant will be required to undergo a home visit. After the review has been completed, you will receive a compliance receipt.
Applicants whose refugee status has expired will have their application reviewed.
Suspension of your grant may be caused by the following reasons:
- There is always a change in your circumstances, whether it is financial or medical
- Incorrect or false information was contained in your application
- You did not cooperate during the grant review
- Results of review
- Grant approval was granted even though it did not deserve it
You can apply for a reinstatement of your grant within 90 days of receiving a suspension for any of the reasons mentioned above.
Care Dependency Grant Lapse
A lapsed grant may be caused by the following factors:
- When a child turns 18, he or she loses their grant (though they may still qualify for a disability grant after they turn 18).
- In the event that the care dependent child passes away during the month during which the grant is awarded, the grant will expire
- Children who are admitted to state-funded institutions are entitled to a grant for seven months after they are admitted.
- Refugee status has expired or your child is cared for by someone else
Sassa Care Dependency Grant Notes
As a grant holder, you are responsible for the following:
- Make SASSA aware of any changes in your personal or financial circumstances
- Update SASSA with any changes in your contact information or physical address
In the event that your address changes, SASSA will send official notices by registered mail to the most recent address that you provided to us. Failure to respond to or act on the notices may result in the suspension of your grant.
There will be no tolerance for fraudulent activities at SASSA.
Can non-South African citizens apply for the SASSA Care Dependency Grant?
South African citizens or permanent residents are the only ones eligible to apply for the grant.
Is there an age limit for the child receiving care?
Grants are available to children under 18 years of age.
Can I apply for the grant on behalf of someone else’s child?
Parents and legal guardians are the only recipients of the grant.
What happens if my application is rejected?
An applicant who has their application rejected can appeal the decision and provide additional information or evidence to support their claim.
Can the grant amount change over time?
Government regulations and policies may affect the grant amount.
As one of the most valuable support systems in South Africa for individuals with severe disabilities or medical conditions, the SASSA Care Dependency Grant serves as a major support system for them.
Grants enhance the quality of life for beneficiaries and their families by providing financial assistance and access to essential services. The application process should be understood by eligible individuals, they should meet the eligibility requirements, and they should receive the support they need.