SASSA Older Persons Grant Application Process in 2023/24

This is the SASSA Older Persons Grant. Here are the details on how to apply for the SASSA Older Persons Grant 2022/2023.

About the SASSA Older Persons Grant

You can get a grant to help you live a comfortable retirement. An older person’s grant is paid to people who are 60 or older. There was a time when this grant was referred to as an old-age pension.

How do you know if you qualify for SASSA Older Persons Grant?

You must:

  • You must be a South African citizen, a permanent resident, or a refugee
  • living in South Africa
  • Your social grant cannot be supplemented by any other grant
  • not be cared for in a state institution
  • Those who are single cannot earn more than R86 280, and those who are married cannot earn more than R172 560.
  • You cannot have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.

How much will you get from SASSA Older Persons Grant?

There is a maximum amount of R1 890 per month that you can get. You will receive R1910 if you are older than 75 years.

How will you be paid from the SASSA Older Persons Grant?

A grant will be paid to you by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in one of the following ways:

  • cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • The bank may charge you a fee for electronic deposits into your bank or Postbank account.
  • institutions (e.g. old age home).

Note: If you are unable to collect the grant money yourself, you can appoint a procurator at the SASSA office, or grant someone power of attorney.

When may your SASSA Older Persons Grant be reviewed?

SASSA can decide whether your grant needs to be reviewed. Based on the income you declare when applying for the grant, this decision will be made. You will be notified three months in advance of the date of the review or the date when the life certificate (proof that you are still alive) is due. SASSA requires you to fill out a life certificate every year if you receive your money from a bank, an institution, or a procurator.

When may your SASSA Older Persons Grant be suspended?

Your grant may be suspended if you do the following:

  • Changes in circumstances
  • the outcome of a review
  • Your grant will be rejected if you do not cooperate with the review process
  • You commit fraud or misrepresent yourself when you commit fraud or misrepresentation
  • When your grant was approved, there was a mistake.

When will your SASSA Older Persons Grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when you:

  • pass away
  • are admitted to a state institution
  • If you do not claim for three consecutive months, you will be penalized
  • 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 social grant is reduced by 25%. Your admission to that institution will begin in the fourth month following your admission. You will receive the reduced grant back immediately after you are discharged from the institution.

What you should do

  1. Bring the following documents to your local South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office:
    • This is your 13-digit bar-coded identity document. If you don’t have an ID:
      • You must complete an affidavit in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not an official of SASSA
      • It is necessary for you to bring a sworn statement signed by a reputable person (such as a councilor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal) verifying your name and age.
      • Your fingerprints will be taken by the SASSA official. While your application is being processed, you will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs for an ID application. An ID is required for your grant to be valid. If you fail to get one, your grant will be suspended.
    • Proof of your marital status (if applicable).
    • Proof of residence.
    • Please provide proof of your income and/or dividends (if any).
    • Your assets, including the value of your property.
    • Proof of your private pension (if any).
    • For the past three months, please provide your bank statements.
    • If you were previously employed, proof of your membership in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) (‘blue book’) or discharge certificate.
    • If your spouse passed away within the last five years, please provide a copy of the will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts.
    • A family member or friend can apply on your behalf if you are too old or sick to travel to the office. You should provide a letter and/or a doctor’s note explaining why you cannot attend.
  2. The applicant must complete the application form in the presence of the SASSA officer (note that only the applicant or a SASSA official may complete the application form). You will be interviewed by the officer to determine whether you are eligible for the grant.
  3. There will be a receipt issued to you. Keep it as proof that you applied.

What if your application is not approved?

  1. Your application will be rejected if SASSA does not approve it. SASSA will inform you why in writing.
  2. The Minister of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development can be contacted if you disagree with the decision. An appeal must be filed within 90 days of the date on which you were notified that your application had been denied.

How long does it take

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

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

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

Contact Detail

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

SASSA Toll-free: 0800 60 10 11

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

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