The Older Person’s Grant is a critical social assistance program in South Africa that provides a monthly cash transfer to eligible citizens over the age of 60. Administered by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the grant plays an important role in reducing poverty and supporting the well-being of older South Africans. Currently, over 3.5 million older persons receive the Older Person’s Grant, making it one of the largest social grant programs in South Africa. 

SASSA Older Person's Grant

The grant provides a small but vital source of income to help meet basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. As the population ages, the Older Person’s Grant is becoming increasingly vital for many households. This paper will provide an overview of the Older Person’s Grant including its purpose, eligibility criteria, payment amounts, and effectiveness in improving livelihoods. The challenges and debates surrounding the grant will also be explored.

What is the amount of the SASSA Older Person’s Grant Payment in 2024?

From 60 to 74 ageR 2 090/month
From 75 to olderR2 110/month

SASSA Older Person’s Grant Application Criteria 2024

Here is a list of the application criteria for the SASSA Older Person’s Grant in 2024:

  • Age – Applicants must be 60 years or older.
  • Citizenship & Residency – Applicants must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. They must reside in South Africa at the time of application.
  • Income Threshold – Applicants should not earn more than R86,280 per year if single, and R172,560 per year if married.
  • Assets Test – Applicants must not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if single, and R2,455,200 if married. Some assets like primary residence and one vehicle are excluded.
  • Supporting Documents – Applicants need a valid 13-digit South African ID, proof of income, bank statements, documentary proof of assets, marital status, refugee status, etc.
  • Cannot Receive Other Grants – Applicants cannot receive another social grant like the Disability Grant. The Care Dependency Grant can be received along with the Older Person’s Grant.
  • Must Not be Maintained – The applicant must not be maintained or cared for in a state institution.
  • Available Caregiver – The applicant must not be receiving care from a person receiving the Care Dependency Grant on their behalf.

How to Submit SASSA Older Person’s Grant Application?

Here are the steps to submit an application for the SASSA Older Person’s Grant:

  1. Gather Documents – Make sure you have all the required documents ready. This includes your ID, proof of income, bank statements, proof of assets, etc. as per the application criteria. Photocopy all documents.
  2. Visit Local SASSA Office – Visit your nearest SASSA office to submit your application in person. You can locate your closest office on the SASSA website or call the SASSA helpline. Bring along your original documents and copies.
  3. Complete Application Form – At the SASSA office, request an Older Person’s Grant application form. Complete the form in black ink. Make sure to answer all sections clearly and accurately.
  4. Application Interview – A SASSA officer will interview you regarding your application. They will verify all your documents during this interview. Answer any questions openly and honestly.
  5. Capturing of Details – Your details such as ID number, banking details, etc. will be captured electronically at the SASSA office if not already done. Biometric identification like fingerprints may also be captured.
  6. Decision – SASSA will inform you whether your application was approved or denied based on whether you meet the eligibility criteria. They may request additional information if needed.
  7. Start Receiving Grant – If approved, you will start receiving your monthly cash payments to your bank account or through other methods within a few months.
  8. Recertification – Your grant has to be renewed through the recertification process every 5 years by resubmitting documents.

How to Check If My Grant is Approved?

You will know about your grant application approval via SMS or you can check it by yourself. If you haven’t received any SMS from the SASSA then you can check your SASSA approval status with the help of the following steps:

  1. Visit the SASSA SRD website.
  2. Click on the “Check My Grant Status” button.
  3. The status check page will ask you about your ID number and phone number.
  4. Provide the required details and check your application status live.

What if My Older Person’s Grant Application Rejected?

If your application for the Older Person’s Grant is rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 90 days by writing to the Minister of Social Development. Here are the steps:

  1. Review the Reasons for Rejection Carefully review the rejection letter you received from SASSA which should state the reasons why your grant application was denied. Make sure you understand the exact eligibility criteria you did not meet.
  2. Compile Supporting Documents Gather any additional documentation that supports your eligibility and addresses the stated reasons for rejection in the letter. This supplementary evidence will back your appeal case.
  3. Draft an Appeal Letter Write an appeal letter addressed to the Minister of Social Development within 90 days of receiving the rejection notification. Outline clearly why you believe you still meet the eligibility criteria for the Older Person’s Grant and how your supporting documents prove this. Be factual and concise.
  4. Submit the Appeal Make copies of the rejection letter, your appeal letter, and supporting documents. Submit the appeal to the national Department of Social Development office either by registered mail, in person, or through your local SASSA office. This starts the formal appeals process.
  5. Follow-Up After 2-3 months, follow up on the status of your appeal if you have not received a response. If the appeal is successful, SASSA will inform you to complete the grant application process. Your right to appeal could secure you the essential social assistance for older persons.