How to Apply for SASSA Old Age Grant?

SASSA Old Age Grant: It is obvious that any elderly person will require personal care and financial care at a certain point in life. Concerning that, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has introduced the ‘Old Age Grant’.

Seemingly, this grant facilitates elderly people over 60 years of age to get pension like monthly payments to fulfill their basic needs.

However, you are required to meet the eligibility criteria to pass the means test and get the grant. The article below will let you know about the SASSA Old Age Grant and the steps to apply for it.

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What is the SASSA Old Age Grant?

In simple words, an Old Age Grant or Old Age Pension is a scheme introduced by SASSA that provides financial support to elders in South Africa. Seemingly, the applicants must be over 60 years of age and should not be receiving any other type of grant.

If you are a person who falls under this criteria and doesn’t have any sources of income, read below to find the complete eligibility criteria before applying.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for the SASSA Ola Age Grant

Here is a list of eligibility criteria to be met by the applicants to apply for the Old Age Grant without any issues. They are;

  • You must be a South African citizen, permanent resident with a residential address, or a recognized refugee
  • Must be living in South Africa
  • You should not be receiving any other type of Social Grant
  • You should not be living in any state station
  • The applicant must be above 60 years of age and not younger than that
  • You and your spouse must meet the requirements of the means test
  • If you are single your annual income should not be above R86 280 and if you are married your combined income should not exceed R172 560.
  • Make sure the value of your assets doesn’t exceed R1 372 800 if you are single and not more than R2 745 600 if you are married.

How much will you get for the Old Age Grant and How you will be paid?

The Old Age Grant for people aged between 60 and 74 is R2 090 per month per person. On the other hand, if the applicant is above 75 or even older, they will receive R2 110 per person per month.

However, the amount may vary depending on the age. Seemingly, the grant amount will be directly deposited into your bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, then you can collect the amount at a specific pay point on the allotted day.

Indeed, you can also appoint a procurator to collect your grant. The best part is that you can check your SASSA Status online by entering your ID Number or directly clicking the button below will take you to the status-checking page.

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How to Apply for the SASSA Old Age Grant?

Seemingly, you cannot apply for the SASSA Old Age Grant online. Instead, you have to visit the nearest SASSA office and fill out the application by yourself. Concerning that, the below guide will mention the list of documents to carry with you and the steps to apply for the SASSA Old Age Grant.

  • Make sure to have your 13-digit bar-coded identity document (ID)
  • Proof of your marital status if you are married
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of your income
  • Your three-month bank statement
  • Proof of your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) membership if you are unemployed
  • Ensure that you fill in all the information asked for in the application using your documents.
  • Further, an SASSA officer will interview you to determine that you qualify for the grant.
  • Finally, a receipt will be given which can be kept as proof of your application.

If you are sick and cannot travel to the SASSA office to apply, you can send your friend or a family to apply on your behalf.

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What if your Old Age Grant is not approved?

There are chances where your SASSA application may be rejected or not approved due to misinformation on your application.

You cannot proceed further if the reasons for rejection are valid. If you feel that the details provided are legitimate, then you can appeal to the Department of Social Development to reconsider your application.

Final Note

I hope the guide given above has provided all the info about the SASSA Old Age Grant and the detailed method to apply for it.

Although the service is free, it may take up to three months to verify your application. However, you will start getting the grant from the month your application gets approval.

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