Sassa Social Grants Qualifying Requirements for New applicants: What you need to know and what you need to do.

Qualifying Requirements: Note: “Any applicant who is married must ensure that supporting documents required for any grant application are provided for both him/herself and his/her spouse”. Social Grants: Grant for Older Persons The applicant: Must be a South African citizen; permanent resident or refugee, Must be resident in South Africa; Must be 60 years or older, And spouse must comply with the means test; Must not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution; Must not be in receipt of another social grant for himself or herself; Must submit a 13 digit barcoded identity document or the smart ID card.

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Disability : The applicant: Must be a South African citizen; permanent resident or refugee; Must be resident in South Africa; Must be 18 to 59 years of age; Must submit a medical / assessment report confirming disability; Medical assessment must not be older than 3 months at date of application. And spouse meet the requirements of the means test; Must not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution; Must not be in receipt of another social grant in respect of himself or herself. Must submit a 13 digit barcoded identity document or the smart ID card.

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Veteran’s : The applicant: Must be a South African citizen; or permanent resident, Must be resident in South Africa; Must be 60 years and over or must be disabled; And spouse must meet the requirements of the means test; Must not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution; Must not be in receipt of another social grant in respect of himself or herself; Must submit a 13 digit bar coded identity document or the smart ID card.

Foster Child: The applicant and child must be resident in South Africa; Must provide a court order indicating foster care status; The foster parent must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee. Child must remain in the care of the foster parent(s). Foster parent must provide a 13 digit barcoded identity document; the smart ID card. Must provide a birth certificate for the foster child.

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Care Dependency : The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee; The applicant and child must be resident in South Africa; Child must be under the age of 18 years; Must submit a medical / assessment report confirming the child’s permanent, severe disability; Applicant and spouse must meet requirements of the means test (except for foster parents); The care-dependent child/children must not be permanently cared for in a State Institution; Must provide birth certificate for the child; The applicant must supply a 13 digit bar coded identity document or smart ID card. Note: the income of foster parents will not be taken into consideration.

Child Support Grant
• The primary care giver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee;
• Both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa;
• The child must be 18 years of age or younger;
• Must provide a birth certificate for the child;
• Must provide a 13 digit barcoded identity document or smart ID card for the applicant;
• Applicant must be the primary care giver of the child/children concerned;
• The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test;
• Cannot apply for more than six non biological children.
• Child can not be cared for in State institution.
• It should be noted that one of the intentions of the child support grant is to ensure that children attend and complete schooling. It is therefore a requirement that a school attendance certificate be produced for children aged between 7 and 18 years. However, failure to produce this certificate or failure to attend school will not result in the refusal to pay their child support grant.

Grant-in-aid
• The applicant must be in receipt of an Older Persons grant, Disability grant or a War Veterans grant, and
require regular attendance by another person owing to his/her physical or mental disabilities;
• Must not be cared for in an institution that receives subsidy from the State for
the care/housing of such beneficiary;
•Proof of identity : Please obtain information from your nearest SASSA office on the alternative documents which are accepted for grant applications. Refugees can provide the Section 24 permit as proof of refugee status and identity

Social Assistance is an income transfer in the form of grants provided by government. A social grant refers to grants paid by the South African Social Security Agency that is: disability grant; grant for older persons and veteran’s grant; foster child grant; care dependency grant; child support grant and grant-in-aid.