SASSA Disability Grant Application Process in 2023/24

Grants from SASSA for people with disabilities. The SASSA Disability Grant application process for 2022/2023 can be found here.

About SASSA Disability Grant

A disability grant is available if you are unable to work for more than six months due to a physical or mental disability.

The permanent disability grant is awarded if your disability lasts for more than a year, and the temporary disability grant is awarded if your disability lasts for more than six months. Permanent disability grants do not mean you will receive them forever, but rather for a period longer than 12 months.

How do you know if you qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • You must reside in South Africa at the time of your application and be a South African citizen, a permanent resident, or a refugee
  • be between 18 and 59 years old
  • not be cared for in a state institution
  • Have a bar-coded, 13-digit identity document
  • Earn no more than R86 280 if you are single or R172 560 if you are married.
  • If you are single, you must have assets worth less than R1 227 600, or if you are married, you must have assets worth less than R2 455 200
  • A doctor appointed by the state will assess the severity of your disability during your medical examination
  • If you have any previous medical records or reports, bring them along when you make the application.

A medical report will be completed by the doctor and forwarded to South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

You will receive your report three months after your assessment.

Note: A Care Dependency Grant can be applied for if you are under 18 and need permanent care due to your disability. You will be required to complete an affidavit and provide proof that you have applied for the ID from the Department of Home Affairs if you do not have one. After applying for the grant, if you have not applied for an ID, you must do so within three months.

How much will you get from SASSA Disability Grant?

The maximum is R1 890 per month.

How will you be paid for SASSA Disability Grant?

The following methods will be used to pay you the grant:

  • cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • Banks may charge you for electronic deposits into your account, including Postbank.
  • An institution that is not funded by the State, such as a home for disabled people.

When may your SASSA Disability Grant be suspended?

Your grant may be suspended if you do the following:

  • when your circumstances change
  • the outcome of a review
  • The grant review will not be successful if you do not cooperate
  • If you commit fraud or misrepresent yourself
  • The grant approval process may have been erroneous.

When may your SASSA Disability Grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when you:

  • pass away
  • are admitted to a state institution
  • do not claim for three consecutive months
  • are absent from the country.

Note: If you are admitted to an institution that has a contract with the state to care for you, your grant will be reduced by 25%. Your enrollment at that institution will be terminated after the fourth month following your admission. After you have been discharged from the institution, your reduced grant is reinstated.

What you should do

  1. Obtain a disability grant application form from your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office.
  2. Submit the following:
    • The 13-digit barcode on your identity document (ID). If you don’t have an ID:
      • You must complete an affidavit in front of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official.
      • Your name and age must be verified by a reputable person (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion, or school principal).
      • The SASSA official will take your fingerprints.
      • During the processing of your application, you will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs for an ID application. It will be necessary to get an ID to keep your grant active.
    • You need a medical report and a functional assessment report confirming your disability.
    • Proof of marital status (if applicable).
    • Proof of residence.
    • Proof of income or dividends (if any).
    • A statement of your assets, including a municipal valuation.
    • Proof of private pension (if any).
    • For the past three months, please provide your bank statements.
    • Refugee status permit and 13-digit refugee ID.
    • If you were employed, you would need a UIF document (‘blue book’) or a discharge certificate from your previous employer.
    • If your spouse died within the last five years, a copy of their will and of their first and final liquidation and distribution accounts.
  3. Your application will be acknowledged with a receipt, which you can keep as proof.

What if your SASSA Disability Grant Application is not approved?

  • Social Security will inform you in writing if your application was successful.
  • The social security office will explain why your grant application was denied if it is not approved. The Minister of Social Development can then be appealed to in writing explaining your disagreement.
  • After receiving notification of the outcome of your application, you have 90 days to appeal.

How long does it take SASSA Disability Grant to be Processed

  • You may have to wait up to three months for your application to be processed.
  • You will be paid from the day you apply if your grant is approved.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

SASSA Disability Grant Forms to complete

Please note that application forms are not available online, but can be picked up at your nearest SASSA office.

Who to contact

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

SASSA Toll-free: 0800 60 10 11

Email:  (link sends e-mail)[email protected]

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