SASSA Pension for Old Person – Who Qualify for Pension

The process of determining whether you qualify for an old age grant can be very difficult sometimes. People 60 years or older receive an older person’s grant, formerly called an old-age pension. South Africa’s Department of Social Development makes the following important points:

How do you know when you qualify?

  • A South African citizen or permanent resident is required.
  • You must live in South Africa.
  • There is no other social grant you can receive for yourself.
  • There is a possibility that you will not be cared for in a state institution.
  • If you are single, you may not earn more than R78 120, and if you are married, you may not earn more than R156 240.
  • If you are single, your assets cannot exceed R1 115 400, while if you are married, they cannot exceed R2 230 800.

How much will you get?

You will get a maximum of R1 780 from 1 April 2019, and beneficiaries over 75 will get a maximum of R1 800.

How will you be paid?

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

  • A specific pay point on a specific day
  • A deposit is made electronically into your bank or Postbank account (a fee may be charged by the bank for this service).
  • institutions (e.g. old-age homes)

Note: You can appoint a procurator or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on your behalf if you cannot collect it yourself.

When may your grant be reviewed?

SASSA may determine when your grant needs to be reviewed. Your income as declared when you applied for the grant will be the basis for this decision. The review date or the due date for the life certificate (proof that you are still alive) will be notified to you three months in advance. The SASSA requires you to fill out a life certificate every year if you receive your money from a bank, institution, or procurator.

When may your grant be suspended?

The following may result in your grant being suspended:

  • Whenever your circumstances change
  • the outcome of a review
  • The grant review will not be successful if you do not cooperate
  • When you commit fraud or misrepresent yourself
  • A mistake was made when you applied for your grant

When will your grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when you:

  • pass away;
  • are admitted to a state institution;
  • Three consecutive months without claiming;
  • are out of the country.

Please Note:

If you are admitted to an institution that has an agreement with the state to care for you, your social grant will be reduced by 25%. Your enrollment in the institution will begin in the fourth month following your admission. You are eligible to receive the reduced grant when you are discharged from the institution.

More information on an older person’s grant: What you should do

You will need to take the following documents to the nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office:

  • Your 13-digit barcoded identification document
  • You’ll need to provide proof of your marriage status (if you’re married)
  • proof of residence
  • Your income and/or dividends (if any)
  • The value of the property you own, along with proof of your assets
  • proof of your private pension (if any)
  • Statements from the past three months of your bank account
  • Proof of your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) membership (blue book) or a discharge certificate from your previous employer, if you were employed.
  • Your spouse’s will and, if applicable, the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts if your spouse died within the last five years
  • The SASSA format affidavit must be completed by a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official if you do not have an ID.
  • Take along a sworn statement from a reputable individual (such as a councilor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion, or principal of a school) who can verify your name and age.
  • SASSA officials will take your fingerprints. The Department of Home Affairs will contact you to apply for the ID while your application is being processed. Without an ID, your grant will be revoked.

Please Note:

Those who are too old or sick to travel to the office for application may have a family member or friend apply on their behalf. The person should take a letter from you and/or a doctor’s note explaining why you are unable to visit the office.

  • The applicant must complete the application form in the presence of a SASSA official. You will be interviewed by the officer to determine whether you qualify for a grant.
  • You will receive a receipt. You should keep it as proof that you applied.

What if your application is not approved?

It is SASSA’s policy to inform you in writing of the reasons why your application was not approved. You may appeal the decision to the Minister of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development. If you are unsuccessful in your application, you must appeal within 90 days.

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

You can pick up SASSA application forms at your nearest SASSA office if you are unable to access them online.

Who to contact

If you have any questions, please contact SASSA toll-free on 0800 60 10 11 or e-mail:  [email protected]

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