Formed in April 2005, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is an institution that is responsible for the administration of various social grants to qualifying South Africans.
Reporting to the Ministry of Social Development, SASSA is essentially tasked with ensuring that the government pays the right grant, to the right person, at a location which is most convenient to that person.
The institution has a vision to be a leader in the delivery of social security services.
In a country like South Africa, where the government is tackling the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment, social grants have improved the lives of millions of people. Department of Social Development research shows that grants reduce poverty, improve wealth distribution and generate economic growth within communities.
Statistics have showed that 2.5 million people benefitted from social grants in 1993. That number has since surged to more than 16.8 million in 2016. The DSD has also found that more than half of all households in South Africa benefit from government’s social assistance programme.
More than 11 million children benefit from the child support grant.
SASSA Child Support Grant:
To qualify for this particular grant, the primary caregiver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee. In addition, both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa. The applicant must be the primary caregiver to the child, who must be born after December 1993.
There is a limit on six non-biological children and the applicant and spouse must meet requirements of the means test.
The child support grant currently stands at R350.
What other types of social grants are available from SASSA?
- Foster Care Grant
- Care Dependency Grant
- War Veteran’s Grant
- Disability Grant
- Grants for Older Persons
- Social Relief of Distress
SASSA Grants for Older persons:
The old age grant of R1500 is available to individuals who are above the age of 60 years, who meet the qualifying criteria. Applicants must be South African citizens and residents. In addition, the spouse must comply with the means test and the applicant must not be in receipt of another social grant.
The high rate of unemployment in South Africa means that grants for older persons from SASSA are often the main source of income for many families. Millions of people rely on these grants after retirement, while an alarming number of older people are faced with the challenge of supporting their orphaned grandchildren as a result of various socio-economic factors.
Through this social grant, the DSD has assisted to reduce poverty and improve food security among poor households.
SASSA Disability Grant:
The disability grant of R1500 is available to individuals aged between 18 and 59 years of age. Applicants must submit a medical/assessment report confirming disability. This medical assessment must not be older than 3 months at the date of application.
SASSA’s grant payment plan 2017
To find out more about SASSA grants, visit: http://www.sassa.gov.za/index.php/social-grants
SASSA contact details and SASSA Branches
SASSA HEAD OFFICE
501 Prodinsa Building
Cnr Steve Biko and Pretorius Streets
Private Bag X55662
Tel: 012 400 2000 (Switchboard)
Sassa Toll free: 0800 60 10 11 or CPS 0800 60 01 60
Cnr Fitzpatrick and Merino Road
Private Bag X9001
Tel: 043 707 6300
Fax: 043 707 6487
African Life Building
75 St. Andrews Street
Private Bag X20553
Tel: 051 410 0804/5
Fax: 051 409 0862
28 Harrison Street
Private Bag X120
Tel: 011 241 8300
Fax: 011 241 8305
1 Bank Street
Private Bag X9146
Tel: 033 846 3300
Fax: 033 846 9595
43 Landros Mare
Private Bag X9677
Tel: 015 291 7400
Fax: 015 291 7416
18 Ferreira Street
Private Bag X11230
Tel: 013 754 9428
Fax: 013 754 9501
Private Bag X44
Tel: 018 388 0060
Fax: 086 611 9740
Private Bag X6011
Tel: 053 802 4900
Fax: 053 831 4038
Private Bag X9189
Tel: 021 469 0200
Fax: 021 469 0260