The SASSA Disability Grant is a monthly financial assistance program designed to provide support for people with disabilities who are unable to support themselves financially. The grant is intended to assist with the costs associated with living with a disability, including medical expenses, assistive devices, and other related expenses, for people technically of a working age who cannot work due to their special needs. If you are a pensioner or have a child with special needs, there is SASSA support available through different arms of the grant system. Today we are looking at the SASSA Disability Grant in further detail to help you determine the assistance you can expect.
How Much Is SASSA Disability Grant Per Month?
The maximum SASSA Disability Grant is currently R2 080 per person each month. This will rise to R2 090 in October 2023. You may not be eligible to receive the entire amount, however, as it is determined on a sliding scale based on factors such as your household income and the means test. These amounts are typically raised annually in line with inflation.
Who Qualifies For SASSA Child Disability Grant?
To be eligible for the Disability Grant, an applicant must meet some stringent criteria. These include:
- Being a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and resident in South Africa
- Being between the ages of 18 and 59. Remember, there is some alternate SASSA supports available for children and older adults living with disabilities, but these are addressed through different grants
- You must have a recognized physical or mental disability that prevents you from working or earning a living wage
- You must be able to provide sufficient medical evidence of the disability to meet SASSA approval.
- You cannot already be the recipient of a private grant towards your disability.
You will also need to pass the SASSA means test criteria for the grant. This currently means having a maximum household income of R92 520 per annum or R6 800 per month for a single person and a maximum household income of R185 040 per annum or R15 420 per month where there are two caregivers for the disabled individual. Remember that the means test will rise with inflation at intervals chosen by the government. The data here is for the 2022-2023 year. You can always reach out to SASSA for clarification on the means test limits if you require further help or are applying in a different period. The information is also available on their website and updated regularly.
What Date Does SASSA Pay Disability?
SASSA divides its grant recipients into 3 days every month. These are typically mid-week (so from Tuesday onward) in the first week of the month. This means you can expect to receive your SASSA disability pay on the second day of the cycle (pensioners are dealt with on the first day) in the first week of each month, so between the 1st and 10th of the month. You can check the SASSA website for the specific dates each month you will receive your grant on. They publish these for several months in advance to help you better plan your monthly spending.
How Do I Check My SASSA Disability Grant Balance?
There are several helpful channels you can use to check your SASSA Disability Grant Balance. These include:
- Hotline: You can call the SASSA toll-free Payment Enquiry Line at 0800 60 10 11 and follow the voice prompts to check your grant balance.
- USSD/SMS: You can use the SASSA USSD service by dialing *120*3210# from your mobile phone and following the prompts.
- Online: You can check your grant balance by visiting the SASSA website and logging into your account. Once you are logged in, you can view your grant balance and transaction history, as well as update your details and much more.
- App: SASSA also has a mobile app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once you have downloaded the app and logged in, you can view your grant balance and transaction history and maintain your personal details.
With multiple channels open to you, you can check your SASSA Disability Grant balance easily, and however, you choose. By ensuring you always know the balance remaining, you can avoid embarrassing circumstances and better plan your monthly spending.
The SASSA Disability Grant is an important lifeline for many people of working age who are prevented from working due to their disabilities. Remember that you cannot just decide you have a disability- you will need to work with a medical team to adequately prove your disability and how it interferes with your ability to earn an income before you can qualify for this particular grant. However, if you are in need, we encourage you to leverage this grant to help better your personal circumstances. With this guide to help you, applying for the SASSA Disability Grant should be an easy process. Good luck!
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