SASSA Disability Grant [2024] – How to Apply, Requirements, and Benefits

The SASSA disability grant in South Africa is specifically designed to provide financial assistance to persons with physical or mental disability issues. You can apply for the disability grant if you cannot work for more than six months due to being mentally or physically disabled.

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There are two types of disability grants, and the medical assessment will determine if you are eligible for a temporary or permanent grant:

Permanent Disability Grant:

If your disability lasts more than a year, you may be eligible for a permanent disability grant. But keep in mind that “permanent” in this context does not mean “forever.” It means you’ll get the grant payment over a year as long as your disability lasts.

Temporary Disability Grant:

If your disability lasts for a period of at least 6 months but not more than 12 months, you will be given a temporary disability grant. It can be renewed if the disability still prevents you from the work.

Key Factors for the SASSA Disability Grant Eligibility Criteria:

Before applying for the disability grant, you should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You should must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or a recognized refugee.
  • You must be living in South Africa.
  • Your age must be between 19 to 59.
  • You need to possess an identification document (ID).
  • Make sure you’re not already benefiting from any other personal social grant.
  • You must not be currently receiving care in a state station.
  • You and your spouse (if married) needs to comply with means test requirements.
  • You must be unfit to work due to disability (mentally or physically) for more than six months.
  • If your disability stops you from working for a minimum of 6 months but a maximum of 12 months, you can meet the criteria for a temporary disability grant.
  • If your disability stops you from working for more than 12 months, you become eligible for a permanent disability grant.
  • You must bring any previous medical records and reports to your disability grant application and assessment.
  • To assess the level of your disability, you are required to undergo a medical evaluation by a doctor designated by the state.
  • Individuals who are single must ensure that their yearly earnings do not exceed R86 280 (R7 190 per month). For married individuals, the combined income of you and your spouse must not cross R172 560 annually (R14 380 monthly).
  • If you are single, your asset’s total worth must remain below R1 227 600. And if you are married, the total worth of assets owned by you and your spouse must remain below R2 455 200.

What is the SASSA Disability Grant Means Test?

The means test is used to evaluate the financial status, including income, assets, and other financial factors of the applicants, to ensure that only deserving individuals receive the grant. As of 1 April 2023, there are two main thresholds:

1. Assets Threshold:
  • A single person should not own assets worth more than R1 372 800.
  • Combined assets of a married person with their spouse should not be worth more than R2 745 600.
2. Income Threshold:
  • Individuals who are single must ensure that their yearly earnings do not surpass R96 840.
  • The combined income of a married person with their spouse should not be more than R193 680 a year.

Each grant type has different criteria for its means test to evaluate financial eligibility.

How much is the SASSA Disability Grant Amount?

According to the latest updates of 1 April 2024, the monthly amount for disability grant is R2 180 per month (per person). The value of disability grant is calculated on a sliding scale, meaning that people with the lowest private income will receive the highest grant amount. This is because the grant is meant to provide financial assistance to disabled persons who have a low income. As the private income of the grant’s applicant increases, the grant amount will be decreased.

The grant amount will increase to R2,090 per person per month from 1 October 2024.

How much does that Disability Grant Cost?

Applying for a SASSA disability grant is free of cost, and there is no service fee.

Procedure to Apply for the SASSA Disability Grant

To apply for a disability grant, the first step is to undergo a medical examination by a practitioner appointed by the state. The SASSA-approved practitioner will diagnose your medical condition to determine if you are severely disabled and eligible for a disability grant. In addition, they will confirm if a temporary or permanent disability grant is suitable for your circumstances.

Medical practitioner will only assess your condition. SASSA holds the authority to make the final decision on awarding the grant because SASSA also takes other factors into account, such as your financial condition and ability to care for yourself.

Once the medical assessment completed, you can apply for SASSA disability grant in your nearest SASSA office branch by filling out their application form. You can also apply online by following the instructions on applying online through the SASSA services website.

If you can’t apply yourself due to severe disability issues, you may have a trusted family member or a friend to apply on your behalf. The person submitting the application on your behalf should carry a letter from you and a note from a doctor clarifying why you are unable to visit the SASSA office on your own.

The application forms are available at SASSA offices and should be completed in the presence of the SASSA officer. You can fill out the application yourself. In case you find it hard to fill it out yourself, then the officer will be here to help you in completing the application form. They will also take your interview (or from your appointed person). After the interview, they will inform you if you qualify for the grant.

After completing the application and interview, you will also receive the dated stamp receipt with the SASSA officer name who assisted you in the application and the reference number of your application. Even if you are not qualified, you need to keep this receipt as proof of application.

Required Documents to Apply for Disability Grant

You must take the following documents (original or certified copies) along with you to the SASSA office when applying for Disability Grant:

  • Your original 13-digit bar-coded ID (identity document). If you don’t have an ID:
  • You are required to fill out the affidavit form on the SASSA standard affidavit template, and this must be done in the presence of an Oaths Commissioner who is not affiliated with SASSA. A SASSA official will provide you with the form, or you can download the SASSA affidavit from here.
  • You are required to present a sworn statement that has been signed by a respected person (such as a counselor, social worker, traditional leader, minister of religion, or school principal) to confirm your age and name.
  • SASSA will take your fingerprint to process your application. You will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs to request for your ID while processing your application. If you fail to get the ID, your application will be suspended by SASSA.
  • To verify your disability, you must present a medical report and a functional assessment report from a medical practitioner recognized by SASSA. Your medical evaluation must have been conducted within the last 3 months leading up to the application.
  • Documentation verifying your marital status (if it applies):
  • Submission of a Marriage Certificate for those who are married.
  • If your marriage has been dissolved, submit the Divorce Decree.
  • Proof of your current address.
  • Proof of your stocks and dividends (if you are married, then it will also be applicable to your spouse).
  • Supporting materials confirming your assets, outlining the value of properties you possess. (if applicable)
  • Include supporting documents that validate your private pension. (if any)
  • Bank statement of the last 3 months.
  • If applicable, provide documents for Refugee status along with refugee ID.
  • If you had a previous job, submit a certificate of discharge from your past employer or attach evidence of your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) membership (commonly referred to as the “Blue Book”).
  • A copy of a death certificate if your life partner has passed within the last 5 years along their will. And where applicable, a copy of both the initial and final records detailing the liquidation and distribution of their estate.

Processing Time for the Application of the SASSA Disability Grant

It usually takes about 3 months to process applications for the disability grant. The payments start after the approval of your application. Once the application is processed and your grant is approved, you will receive all the payments from the date you submitted your application. In case of application rejection, SASSA will send a letter with an explanation that why you’re not approved for the grant.

SASSA Disability Grant Status Check

Once your grant application is submitted, then you’ll also need to check the status regularly to stay updated. And the best part is that it can be easily traced by using a status check to see if the application is approved, or declined or what is the current status of your application. After the approval of the application, the status should be checked frequently to be updated about upcoming payments. SASSA disability grant status check can be done through the following methods:

SASSA Website

Through SASSA Official Website by Clicking Here

SASSA Website

Through the Moya App Using Data Free Method

SASSA Website

Through SMS To SASSA Number 082-046-8553

SASSA Website

Through SASSA WhatsApp 082-046-8553

SASSA Website

Contacting on SASSA Toll-Free No. 0800-601011

What should you do if your SASSA Disability Grant application is denied?

If your grant application is declined but you believe that the decision was made in error, you can request the SASSA to reconsider your application. If the reconsideration request is also denied, but you still disagree with the decision of SASSA, you have the right to appeal the decision of SASSA to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development. The appeal must be filed within 90 days from the day the application is submitted.

The Ministry of Social Development will review your appeal to make a decision. If they agree with you, they will overturn the SASSA’s decision, and you will start receiving your grant payments. In case your appeal is rejected, you will receive a written explanation outlining the decision made.

Understanding the SASSA Disability Grant Payment Process

Once your disability grant is approved, you will start receiving payments from the date you applied. SASSA releases the payment schedule every month as they don’t have any fixed dates.

SASSA will pay you the grant payments through the following three methods (You need to opt for one):

  • Direct deposit in your bank account or Postbank account. The banks may charge you for the service fee.
  • You can withdraw your grant payment in cash at SASSA-partnered retail outlets such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave, and Spar.
  • From some specific institutions (e.g., old age homes, disability centers, Non-profit organizations)

If you want to receive your grant payments through a bank account, you will need to complete a Consent Form for Bank Payment of SASSA Grant and submit each of the following documents.

  • Proof of identity, such as an ID card, driving license or birth certificate
  • Bank account number, the account should be on your name 
  • Three months bank statement, which should show your name and account number on the statement

You can change your bank account or payment method anytime by filling out a form in the welfare office. However, the payments will be received through the new payment method from the following month after the verification is completed.

If you cannot collect grants yourself due to being too old, you can nominate someone to collect payments on your behalf. 

SASSA Disability Grant Balance Check

The SASSA balance check service allows you to check the remaining balance of your grant. By checking your balance, you can stay updated with your funds to manage your finances and make informed decisions about your grant money. After your disability grant application is approved and you start receiving grant payments, you may need to check your balance regularly by following methods:

  • By dialing the USSD code *120*3210# or *120*69277# through your cellphone
  • At any ATM (normal bank charges may be applied)
  • Via SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553
  • ­By calling the SASSA call center toll-free number 0800 601 011

SASSA Disability Grant Reviews

SASSA reserves the right to conduct a review of your grant, and it is based on the income you declared during the application process. The reviews are conducted to ensure that you still meet the means test criteria of the grant and that your circumstances are not improved yet. It is also to verify if you are still alive. To make the review process easier, you should always keep your application up to date whenever your circumstances change.

SASSA will send you a written notice before the three months of review or the deadline to submit your life certificate (proof that you are still alive). The written statement will also explain the review’s date, time and location. 

For individuals who receive their grant through a bank, institution, or agent, you must annually submit the life certificate to the SASSA office. If you are bedridden, SASSA officials will visit your home to conduct the review. Upon the conclusion of your review, you will obtain a compliance receipt.

The review process for refugee applicants will be initiated when their refugee status reaches its expiration.

Grant Suspension Reasons

The following reasons may lead to the grant suspension:

  • If your circumstances change (financial or medical).
  • You provided false information or committed fraud.
  • You didn’t cooperate while reviewing the grant.
  • The outcome of the review.
  • If your grant was approved by mistake.

Restoration of the Grant

If you believe that your grant was suspended in error or if you have a disagreement with SASSA’s decision, you have the option to submit an appeal to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development within 90 days of the suspension.

Reasons for Lapsing of the Disability Grant

Your disability grant will lapse if one of the following conditions occurs:

  • If you pass away.
  • If your temporary grant period has been lapsed.
  • In case you cannot give proof of your existence as requested. Your grant will be reviewed annually to ensure that you are still alive.
  • If you have not collected your grant payments for three months in a row, you can request for the payments to resume, but if it has been more than 90 days, you must apply for a new grant.
  • You are admitted to a fully government-funded institution such as a hospital or a jail.
  • You are out of the country for a period of more than 90 days without any notice.
  • If your income and/or assets improved so much that you are no longer qualified for the grant in terms of means test.

Your grant amount will be reduced to 25% of your total if you are admitted to the state station for longer than four months. Your grant will be reinitiated to the maximum amount immediately upon your discharge.

Responsibilities of the Beneficiaries

As a SASSA grant holder, you also need to fulfill some responsibilities:

  • In order to ensure accuracy, keep SASSA updated about any changes in your personal and financial circumstances.
  • It is crucial to promptly inform SASSA of any modifications to your physical address or contact details.
  • Always provide the correct information because SASSA does not tolerate any fraudulent activity.

You must keep the SASSA updated in the above scenarios to avoid any interruption or suspension in your grants, as SASSA sends notices and updates to the address you submitted in the application. If your address or contact information is updated and you did not inform the SASSA, it may cause the suspension of your grants, as SASSA will not be able to contact you.

Contact SASSA

Should you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to SASSA through the following channels: