Disability Grant Introduction

SASSA disability grant is intended to provide financial assistance to mentally or physically disabled people. You can apply for a disability grant if you are aged between 18 and 59, have a mental or physical disability, and cannot work for more than 6 months. However, disability grant applicants can also apply for a Grant in Aid if they need someone for full-time care.

If your disability continues for more than 1 year then you will get a permanent disability grant. However, if your disability period is more than 6 months and less than 12 months then you will get a temporary disability grant. The permanent grant doesn’t mean that you will receive a disability grant for a lifetime. Once your disability period ends, your grant will terminate, even if it lasts more than 12 months.

SASSA Disability Grant Eligibility Criteria

It is important to check your eligibility criteria for the SASSA disability grant before applying. The eligibility criteria for the grant are given below:

  • The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
  • You must be living in South Africa.
  • Your age must be between 18 and 59.
  • The applicant must not be cared for in any state institution.
  • You must pass the SASSA mean test in which you are not earning more than R86 280/year if you are single and R172 560/year if you are married.
  • Your asset’s worth must be less than R1 227 600 if you are single and R2 445 200 if you are married.
  • You have to submit your medical examination report attested by the doctor appointed by SASSA. The report must not be older than 3 months.
  • Submit any previous medical records and report at the time of application.
  • The applicant must not be receiving any other social grant.

If you are under 18 then your primary caregiver will apply for the Care dependency grant for you. However, if you don’t have an ID then you have to apply within 3 months of applying for the grant.

Required Documents to Apply for Disability Grant SASSA

It is important to collect the required documents before the application process for the disability grant SASSA. Check the list of required documents for disability grant below:

  • You must have your 13-digit bar-coded South African ID card. If you don’t have an ID card then complete the following documents:
  • Complete a disability grant affidavit in the presence of an Oaths commissioner who is not a SASSA officer.
  • Sign a sworn statement by a reputable person who can verify your name and age. A reputable person can be a social worker, councilor, traditional leader, minister of religion, or school principal.
  • SASSA officials will take your fingerprints and refer you to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for a South African ID while your application is processed. If you do not get an ID then your grant will be suspended.
  • Bring the temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs. (If any)
  • Bring your medical report or assessment report confirming your disability.
  • Marriage or divorce certificate. (If any)
  • You must bring proof of residence like utility bills which confirm your current address.
  • Proof of your income resource or dividends. (If any)
  • Show your assets proof including the value of the property.
  • Proof of private pensions if you have any.
  • Your last three months’ bank statement.
  • If you are a refugee, provide your refugee status and your 13-digit ID.
  • If you were previously employed then provide a discharge certificate or UIF document from the previous employee.
  • Copy of Death Certificate and their will if your spouse has died in the last 5 years. Also, bring a copy of the first and last liquidation and distribution accounts if applicable.

How to Apply for the SASSA Disability Grant

To apply for a disability grant, first, you have to pass a medical assessment by the doctor appointed by SASSA. The doctor will take your medical examination to determine if you are eligible for the grant. The doctor will send your report directly to the SASSA confirming your temporary or permanent disability. You will be informed if you pass or fail the medical assessment.

Once you pass the medical assessment, visit your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office to apply for a disability grant with all required documents. Fill out the SASSA disability grant application form in the presence of the SASSA officer and attach all the required documents copies. After completing the disability grant application form, take the receipt from the SASSA officer and keep it as proof of your application.

SASSA Disability Grant Status Check Online

Once you have applied for the disability grant, it is important to check your application status regularly to stay updated. You can check the SASSA disability grant status by the following steps below:

  • First, Visit our website SASSA status check page.
  • Enter your South African ID number and phone number.
  • Click on the “Submit” button.
  • Your disability grant status will appear on the screen with the approved payment dates.

How Much is Disability Grant Amount

The previous disability grant amount was R2090/month which has now increased by R90/month from April 2024. The applicants for disability grants will now receive R2180/month from April. However, there is another increase of R10/month in disability grants applicable in October 2024.

SASSA Grant Application Processing Time

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SASSA usually takes 30 to 90 days to process your grant application. Once, SASSA decides on your disability grant application, they will send you a notification on your SASSA-registered mobile phone. If your application is approved you will start receiving payments from the date your grant is approved. However, if your grant application is rejected then they will give you reasons why your application is rejected.

What to do If SASSA Rejects Your Grant Application

If you received a message from SASSA that your disability grant application is rejected but you believe that you are still eligible for the grant then you can appeal the SASSA decision to the Minister of Social Development. Make sure to appeal within 90 days after the rejection and explain why you believe that you are still eligible for the grant. 

The Minister of Social Development will review your grant application and decide within 90 days after submitting the appeal request. If you are eligible for the grant your application for disability grant will be approved and they will reverse the SASSA decision. However, if your appeal request is rejected then you will receive a message with the reasons why your grant application is rejected.

SASSA Grant for Disability Payment Process

SASSA provides two different payment methods to collect grant payments which are bank transfer or cash send. If you selected the bank transfer method during your application process then your grant payment will be directly deposited in your bank account. 

However, if you select the cash-send method then you can collect your grant payment from the nearest SASSA-partnered retail stores like Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave, and Spar. You can also update your bank account after your grant application approval.

SASSA Disability Grant Balance Check

You can check your SASSA disability grant balance through the methods given below:

  • Dial the SASSA balance check USSD code *120*3210# or *120*69277# through your registered SASSA phone number.
  • If you are a SASSA gold card user then you can check your grant balance from any nearest ATM.
  • You can also check your balance through the SASSA WhatsApp number “082 046 8553”.
  • You can also dial the SASSA toll-free number “0800 601 011” to check your disability grant balance.

Disability Grant Suspension Reasons

Your disability grant can be suspended due to the following reasons:

  • If your financial or medical circumstances change.
  • You commit fraud with SASSA or provide false information.
  • Your grant will also be suspended if you do not cooperate with SASSA during the review process.
  • Your grant can be suspended in the outcome of a review.
  • If your grant is initially approved by mistake.

Reasons for Lapsing of the Grant

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Your disability grant will expire due to the following reasons:

  • If the applicant passes away.
  • If you are admitted to the state institution.
  • If you do not claim your grant for the consecutive 3 months.
  • If you leave the country without any notice.
  • If your disability grant is approved as a temporary grant.

If you are admitted to any institution that has a contract with the Government to care for you, the grant will reduced to 25% and will be applicable from the 4th month following your admission to the institution. The grant will be reinstated from the date you are discharged from the institution.

SASSA Disability Grant Applicant’s Responsibilities

As a Disability grant applicant, there are a few responsibilities you have:

  • Make sure to keep SASSA updated about any changes in your financial or medical circumstances.
  • Update your contact details or address in case of any changes so that SASSA will contact you.
  • Do not mislead SASSA or commit fraud during the application process.

SASSA Contact Information

0800 60 10 11

SASSA Disability Grant FAQs

SASSA stands for South African Social Security Agency. They are responsible for distributing social grants to the country’s needy people.

South African citizens, permanent residents, or refugees aged between 18 and 59 with physical or mental disability are eligible for this grant.

SASSA increased the disability grant amount by R90/month. The applicants will now get R2180/month from April 2024.

You can apply for a SASSA disability grant by visiting the nearest office with all the required documents.

If your disability period is more than 1 year, then you will start receiving a permanent disability grant.

Disability Grant Conclusion

The SASSA Disability grant provides financial support to individuals who cannot work due to their disability. You can only be eligible for this grant if you are aged between 18 to 59 and have severe disability. SASSA will appoint a doctor who will take your medical assessment and inform SASSA about your medical condition. If the doctor believes that you have a disability then you can continue the next process of applying for the grant.

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