Sassa Grant Means Testing: What does it mean?

Here’s what it means: Means testing refers to a process where any funds flowing into the account of an applicant, whose application has been declined after reconsideration, are tested against the criteria. So, if your bank account has money in it, they will consider whether you’re still liable for the SDR grant. Sassa explains it by saying: Means testing refers to a process where the income of an applicant (for whom the application was initially declined and upon reconsideration is still declined) will be tested.


The means test: Because social assistance like state grants is meant for people who can’t support themselves, the South African Social Security Agency looks at the income and assets of the person applying for a social grant to determine whether a person qualifies to receive a grant or not. How much must you earn to qualify for Sassa grant? You may not be cared for in a state institution.


The beneficiary funds are directly deposited into social grants beneficiaries’ accounts every month by sassa and sapo serves as a distribution agent of the grants which are deposited into the Postbank gold card accounts. The gold card accounts are opened and managed in accordance with the contract between them.

Sassa reminded care givers who also receive child grants and have been approved for the R350 relief grant, that they are paid through their payment card. “These clients, who have received the R350 grant in their card, are advised not to collect at the Post Office but to access the money at merchants or bank ATMs.


These clients are reminded that they can also use the card to pay for purchases and not necessarily only to withdraw cash,” the agency said. What are the requirements to apply for Sassa grant? The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee. The applicant and child must be resident in South Africa. Must not be less than 60 years. The applicant must not be in receipt of another social grant for him or herself.

You may not earn more than R78120 if you are single or R 156 240 if married. You may not have assets worth more than R1115400 if you are single or R2230800 if you are married.

Can I self-check my Sassa R350 Grant payment using WhatsApp? Yes its simple just send a message to 082 046 8553; type “SASSA” and then type “Status” and follow the message prompts. Sassa Grant Enquiries: Toll free: 0800 60 10 11 or CPS 0800 60 01 60 or Email: [email protected] Once you have checked your payment status you will know when you will be paid.

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