Online applications for SASSA old age grants can be done through the website at https://services.sassa.gov.za.m An older person’s grant is paid to people who are 60 years or older and it used to be called old-age pension. Only people who have a monthly income below a certain level can get the grant. The test to decide this is called a means test.
Who Qualifies for a SASSA Old Age Grant
- You must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
- You must live in South Africa.
- You may not receive any other social grant for yourself.
- You may not be cared for in a state institution.
- You may not earn more than R78 120 if you are single or R 156 240 if married.
- You may not have assets worth more than R1 115 400 if you are single or R2 230 800 if you are married.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will pay the grant to you by one of the following methods:
- cash at a specific paypoint on a particular day
- electronic deposit into your bank or Postbank account (the bank may charge you for the service)
- institutions (e.g. old-age homes)
Note: If you are unable to collect the money yourself, you can appoint a procurator at the SASSA office or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on your behalf.\
How long does it take to approve a SASSA Old age Grant?
- It may take up to three months to process your application.
- If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the date on which you applied.
Old Age Pension Application forms
Application forms are not available online, but you can get them at your nearest SASSA office.
Documents Required for SASSA Old Age Pension
- Your official identity document (ID).
- If you don’t have an ID:
- You must complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA form 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 (like a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal), 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 even as your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
- If you don’t have an ID:
- Proof of your marital status (if applicable).
- Proof of your address.
- Proof of your income and/or dividends.
- Proof of your assets, including the value of the property you own.
- Proof of your private pension (if any).
- Your 3-month bank statement.
- If you were employed, an Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) (‘blue book’) or discharge certificate from your previous employer.
- If your spouse died within the last 5 years, a copy of your spouse’s death certificate, their will, and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts where applicable.
If you have any questions, please contact SASSA toll-free on 0800 60 10 11 or e-mail: GrantEnquiries@sassa.gov.za