Many vulnerable citizens in South Africa have found hope in the Grant-In-Aid program of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). In this comprehensive article, we will examine the SASSA Grant-In-Aid and its eligibility criteria, application process, and impact on beneficiaries.
South Africa’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program enables current social grant recipients who are unable to care for themselves to pay someone full-time to help them.
At the beginning of April 2023, the Grant-In-Aid will be valued at R500 per month. As of 1 October 2023, the grant will be R510 (an increase of R10).
Take a look at the following information for more information about Grants-In-Aid.
Requirements FOR THE SASSA GRANT-IN-AID
It is important to meet the SASSA Grant-In-Aid eligibility criteria (please note that these criteria may change). Here are the criteria:
- A grant for older persons, a grant for people with disabilities, or a grant for war veterans must be being paid to you
- To qualify for one of these grants, you must meet the criteria
- Disability, either physical or mental, must prevent you from taking care of yourself full-time
- If you need full-time care, you must have a valid medical report (from a private doctor or from a state doctor).
- It is not permissible for you to receive care from a state institution
How to Apply for SASSA Grant-In-Aid
SASSA offices are available in your area for applications or you can apply online (see instructions here for online applications via SASSA’s website).
Applicants must complete their SASSA application at the SASSA office with the assistance of a SASSA officer. Those who are unable to complete the application form themselves can seek assistance from SASSA officers.
Grant-In-Aid applications are available along with those for older persons, handicapped individuals, and war veterans.
If you are incapacitated, sick, or too old to make your own SASSA application, a family member or friend can do so on your behalf. Obtaining a social grant on your behalf is the responsibility of your procurator.
In order to apply for a Grant-In-Aid, applicants will need to submit a copy of a valid diagnosis or assessment report, not older than three months, confirming they need full-time care. Physicians can perform the medical report on behalf of the state or on behalf of the patient.
The grant application process includes an interview, fingerprinting, and information about your eligibility.
On the dated stamped receipt, you will find the SASSA official who assisted you with your application. You will need to keep your receipt to prove your application.
Application fees are not charged.
Documents Required For SASSA Grant-In-Aid
The following documents are required for applicants to apply for SASSA disability grants (originals or certified copies):
- A completed and signed SASSA Grant-In-Aid Affidavit must be submitted
- Identification document
- If you have a medical report or medical assessment assuring you that you are disabled (less than 3 months old), please send it to us
- Your divorce order, your spouse’s ID, an affidavit proving your marriage status, a divorce decree or a death certificate proving your spouse’s passing.
We will notify you within 30 business days if your application has been approved or rejected. In the event that you have been rejected, SASSA will explain the reasons for it.
It is possible for SASSA to reassess your application after it has been rejected. Please find attached the SASSA Grant Reconsideration Application.
If your application is still rejected after reconsideration, you may appeal to the Minister of Social Development.
Approved applicants will receive their payments within three months of applying. If you applied before the payment date, we will backdate the payment.
Your payment will be sent to you on the date your grant application was approved.
In accordance with your preferences, your Disability Grant can be received in three ways:
- You will receive a direct deposit into your bank account
- Paypoints where cash is collected
- Specialized institutions
In order to receive your SASSA Grant into your bank account, you must provide your consent for SASSA Grant bank payment and the following documents: a photo ID/birth certificate/driver license, as well as a bank statement showing your name and your bank account number for a period of three months (received from your bank).
If you change your payment method at the Welfare office, the new method will take effect the following month.
Grant-in-Aid payments will be made simultaneously with your main grant.
Applicants must meet the grant criteria in order to continue receiving grants. A review of your application will be conducted if your circumstances change.
SASSA will notify applicants in writing three months before their applications are reviewed. You will receive notification of the interview date and location, as well as the next steps after the interview. Applicants who are bedridden will be visited at their homes. Once the review is complete, you will receive an acknowledgment of compliance.
Refugees’ applications are reviewed immediately after their status expires.
Suspension of your grant may be caused by the following reasons:
- Your financial or medical circumstances change, so the means test does not apply to you
- You provided inaccurate or false information in your application
- You did not cooperate with the review of the grant
- Results of the review
- The grant was approved incorrectly
If your grant was suspended for any of these reasons, you may apply to have it reinstated within 90 days.
Your grant may lapse for the following reasons:
- A grant holder has died
- The grant holder was admitted to a state-funded institution
- Currently, the grant holder is not receiving full-time care
- Grants have gone unclaimed for three consecutive months
Grant holders are responsible for:
- Make SASSA aware of any changes in your financial or personal circumstances
- We would appreciate it if you notified SASSA of any changes to your physical address or contact information
You will receive official notices from SASSA via registered mail if your address changes. Failure to respond to the notices may result in the suspension of your grant.
SASSA will not tolerate fraudulent activity.
If you have any further questions, you can contact SASSA directly:
Get in touch with SASSA Toll Free Call Centre at 0800 601011
You can reach SASSA’s Head Office at 012 400 2322
Contact SASSA’s Head Office by email at [email protected]
Here are the contact details of SASSA offices across the country: SASSA offices
Can I apply for Grant-In-Aid if I’m not a South African citizen?
There is no eligibility for Grant-In-Aid for individuals who are not South African citizens or permanent residents.
How long does it take for an application to be processed?
In spite of SASSA’s best efforts, it may take some time for applications to be processed.
Is there an age limit for Grant-In-Aid applicants?
The eligibility depends on the medical condition or disability; there is no specific age limit.
Can I work while receiving Grant-In-Aid?
However, recipients are required to adhere to income limits.
How often should I renew my Grant-In-Aid application?
It is important to renew applications each year to ensure that they remain supported.
Providing financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our society is one of the most important functions of SASSA’s Grant-In-Aid program.
People who are most in need have been lifted out of poverty, lived better lives, and experienced social inclusion through this program.