How To Apply For A SASSA Disability Grant

SASSA Disability Grant is for individuals who are permanently unable to work, or if you’re temporarily unable to work for longer than 6 months due to a physical or mental disability.

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There are 2 types of disability grants you can apply for:

  1. A temporary disability grant
    This grant is for a person whose disability will last for a continuous period of not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months.
  2. A permanent disability grant
    This is for someone who’ll be disabled for more than 12 months, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the grant for life. It simply means that it will continue for longer than 12 months.

 SASSA Disability Grant Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for a SASSA Disability Grant, one must:

  • Be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
  • Be resident in South Africa.
  • Be 18 to 59 years of age.
  • Submit a medical / assessment report confirming permanent, severe disability.
  • Provide a medical assessment that is not older than 3 months at date of application.
  • Meet the requirements of the means test (including spouse).
  • Not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution.
  • Not be in receipt of another social grant in respect of him or herself.

You can apply for a disability grant at your nearest SASSA office. If you’re too old or sick to travel to an office near you, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf.

Documents Required for SASSA Disability Grant

  • Your 13-digit bar-coded identity document (ID). If you don’t have an ID:
    • You must complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who’s not a SASSA official.
    • You must bring a sworn statement signed by a reputable person who can verify your name and age.
    • The SASSA official will take your fingerprints.
    • You’ll be referred to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for the ID while your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
  • A medical report and functional assessment report, by a medical practitioner recognised by SASSA, confirming your disability.
  • Proof of marital status (if applicable).
  • Proof of residence.
  • Proof of income or dividends (if any).
  • Proof of assets, including the municipal value of your property.
  • Proof of private pension (if any).
  • Your bank statements for the past three months.
  • Refugee status permit and 13-digit refugee ID.
  • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) document (‘blue book’) or discharge certificate from your previous employer if you were employed.
  • A copy of the will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts, if your spouse died within the last five years.

When your application is completed, you’ll be given a receipt as proof of your application (make sure you keep your receipt in a safe place).

There’s no cost involved in applying for a disability grant.

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