SASSA Care Dependency Grant Application Process 2023/2024

SASSA Care Dependency Grant. The SASSA Care Dependency Grant application process for 2022/2023 can be found here.

About the SASSA Care Dependency Grant

You can get a grant to care for a child with a severe disability that requires special care full-time.

How do you know if you qualify for SASSA Care Dependency Grant?

You must:

  • A parent, primary caregiver, or court-appointed foster parent
  • Be a South African citizen or resident permanent resident
  • Those who are single should not earn more than R223 200 a year. When you are married, your combined income should not exceed R446 400.

Note: Foster parents are not affected by this income limitation.

The child must:

  • be younger than 18 years
  • A state institution cannot provide permanent care for the individual
  • A severe disability requires full-time care and special attention.

You and the child must live in South Africa.

Note: Before the grant can be approved, a state medical officer must assess the child.

How much will you get from SASSA Care Dependency Grant?

You will get R1 890 per month.

How will you be paid?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will pay you the grant in one of the following ways:

  • cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • An electronic deposit into your bank or Postbank account (the bank may charge you for this service).
  • The grant is administered by an institution (e.g. welfare organisations).

Note: You can appoint a procurator at the SASSA office, or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on your behalf, if you are unable to do so yourself.

When may the child’s grant be reviewed?

SASSA may decide that your grant requires a review. Based on your income declared when you apply for the grant, this decision will be made. Three months before the date of the review or the date on which the life certificate (document to prove that you are still alive) is due, you will be notified. SASSA requires you to fill out a life certificate every year if you receive money from the bank, an institution, or a procurator.

When may the child’s grant be suspended?

Suspension of the grant may be caused by the following:

  • when the child’s circumstances change
  • the outcome of a review
  • During the review of the child’s grant, you will not cooperate
  • When you misrepresent or commit fraud against a child
  • There was a mistake when the child’s grant was approved.

When will your SASSA Care Dependency Grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when the:

  • child passes away
  • the child is admitted to a state institution
  • Three consecutive months without claiming the grant by a beneficiary who is the caregiver
  • the child is absent from the country
  • the child turns 19.

What you should do for SASSA Care Dependency Grant

  1. You should take the following documents to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office closest to your home:
    • The 13-digit barcode on your identity document (ID) and birth certificate. The following steps should be taken if you do not have an ID or birth certificate:
      • Provide an affidavit on a SASSA standard format before a Commissioner of Oaths who is not an official of SASSA.
      • Verify your name and age with a sworn statement signed by a reputable person (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal).
      • While your application is being processed, the SASSA official will take your fingerprints and refer you to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for an ID. Without an ID, your grant will be suspended.
      • Application for an ID and/or birth certificate at the Department of Home Affairs
      • An ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
      • Baptismal certificate if available.
      • Road to health clinic card if available.
      • School report if available.
    • A medical/assessment report confirming the disability of the child.
    • Proof of your marital status.
    • A copy of your salary slip, a bank statement for the past three months, or a pension slip, as well as any other proof of your income. This does not apply to refugee foster parents.
    • If you are:
      • Unless you are the child’s biological parent, you must provide proof that you are the child’s primary caregiver through an affidavit from a police official, a social worker’s report, or a letter from the school principal
      • You are the biological parent of the child and the sole provider and caregiver. You must provide proof that you have tried to get the other parent to pay maintenance
      • Unemployed, proof from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) or your previous employer’s discharge certificate
      • A refugee foster parent, a refugee status permit, and a refugee identification card
      • Foster parents, court orders placing children in their care.
      • If you cannot travel to the office to apply because of your age or illness, you can have a family member or friend apply for you. Your letter and/or doctor’s note stating why you can’t attend the office should be taken by the person.
  2. Before making an application, SASSA will refer the child for an assessment by a state medical officer.
  3. The application form must be completed in the presence of a SASSA officer (only the applicant or an official from SASSA can complete the application form).
  4. You will receive a receipt. You should keep it as proof that you applied.

What if your SASSA Care Dependency Grant Application is not approved?

If your application is not approved, SASSA will inform you in writing why it was unsuccessful.

You can appeal the decision to the Minister of Social Development at the national office of the Department of Social Development. After being notified that your application was unsuccessful, you must appeal within 90 days.

How long does it take for SASSA Care Dependency Grant Application?

  • You may have to wait up to three months for your application to be processed.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

SASSA Care Dependency Grant Application Forms to complete

Application forms are not available online, but you can pick them up at your nearest (SASSA) office.

Who to contact

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

SASSA Toll-free: 0800 60 10 11

Email: [email protected]

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