How Much Is the Sassa Old Age Grant in 2024

The SASSA Old Age Grant in 2024 has seen an increase, providing crucial support to South African senior citizens.

Old Individuals under 75 years old (over 60) can expect to receive around R2,180 per month, while those aged 75 and above may receive approximately R2,200 per month.

It’s important to note that the final amount may vary depending on individual circumstances and other sources of income or assets.

SASSA Old Age Grant Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the SASSA Old Age Grant in 2024, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: The applicant must be 60 years or older. This is a fundamental requirement and the primary reason for the grant’s existence, as it targets individuals who may have retired from work and require additional income.
  • Citizenship/Residency Status: The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. 
  • Residency: The applicant must be residing in South Africa. This means that the individual must be physically present in the country and intend to remain there for the foreseeable future. 
  • Means Test: The applicant and their spouse (if applicable) must comply with the means test. 
  • Not Receiving Another Social Grant: The applicant must not be receiving any other social grant from the government for themselves.
  • Not Cared for in a State Institution: The applicant must not be maintained or cared for in a state institution. This refers to facilities such as government-funded old age homes, rehabilitation centres, or prisons.

How to Apply for the SASSA Old Age Grant

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply for the Old Age Grant, follow these steps:

Step 1: Gather Your Documents

You’ll need:

  • Your 13-digit bar-coded South African ID: This is the most important document. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to get it sorted out first (more on that later).
  • Proof of marital status: This could be your marriage certificate, spouse’s death certificate, or divorce papers (if applicable).
  • Proof of residence: This could be a utility bill or a letter from your landlord confirming your address.
  • Proof of income (yours and your spouse’s, if applicable): This includes payslips, bank statements, or any other documents showing how much money you both get.
  • Proof of assets: This means things you own like houses, cars, or land. You’ll need documents showing their value.
  • Proof of private pension (if you have one): This would be a statement from your pension provider.

Step 2: Complete the Application Form

Visit your nearest SASSA office: You can find the address online or by asking around.

Ask for the Old Age Grant application form: A SASSA officer will give it to you. They can also help you fill it out if needed.

Fill out the form carefully: Make sure all your information is correct and you answer every question.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Give the completed form and all your documents to the SASSA officer: They will check everything and make sure it’s in order.

Get a receipt: This is important proof that you applied. Keep it safe!

What if I don’t have an ID?

  • Get an affidavit: This is a sworn statement confirming your identity. You’ll need to get it from a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official.
  • Apply for an ID: SASSA will help you with this. You’ll need to go to the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Important: If you don’t get an ID, your grant application will be put on hold.

Additional Tips:

Don’t pay anyone to help you apply: The application process is free.

Be patient: It might take some time for your application to be processed.

Check the status: You can call SASSA or visit their website to see how your application is going.

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