For older people without the socio-economic means to support themselves, the SASSA Older Persons Grant, or SASSA Pension, is an important way to receive some income to care for your needs. We have created an easy guide to the SASSA Pension in 2023 to help you ensure you get the help you need.
How Much Is the SASSA Pension 2023?
If you are between 60-75 years of age, you will receive up to R2 080 per month from the SASSA pension or Older Persons grant. If you are 75 years or older, this will rise to R2 100 per month. In October 2023, there will be a small increase to these amounts- those between 60 and 75 will receive R2090 per month after 1st October 2023, while those older than 75 will receive R2 110.
Remember that these amounts are adjusted regularly in line with inflation, so be sure to check the SASSA website for further details.
Who qualifies for SASSA Pension?
The SASSA Older Persons Grant has some criteria to meet before you can apply. You must:
- Be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or recognised refugee/asylum seeker
- You must be over 60 years old
- You must, of course, live in South Africa
- You cannot be in the care of a state institution, like an old age home, prison, or rehab center
- You cannot receive another social grant for yourself- grants for minors you care for are not included
SASSA will also use a means test to determine if you qualify for the pension. You cannot have assets with a value over R1 313 400 (as a single person or widow(er)) or R2 626 800 for a married couple. Single applicants cannot earn more than R92 520 a year, whether from a job, rental income, or other sources. Married applicants must not earn more than a combined income of R185 040 a year.
Anyone who meets these criteria can apply for a SASSA pension.
What Date Is SASSA Pension?
SASSA pays out to recipients of all its grants in a 3-day cycle every month. Pensioners are serviced on the first day of the cycle, in the first week of the month. The payment dates typically start on a Tuesday or Wednesday, usually on the 3rd or 4th of the month (where feasible). This means you can expect to receive your SASSA pension between the 1st and 10th of every month. SASSA provides the exact dates on their website for several months in advance to help you plan better.
How To Apply For SASSA Pension?
Once you are sure you meet the eligibility criteria for the SASSA pension, which we outlined above, here’s what you need to do to apply for the SASSA pension.
You will need to assemble your relevant documents. This will include your South African ID book, residents permit, or asylum status. You may also need your birth certificate, marriage certificate, or the will and estate records of a partner who has passed in the last 5 years. You will also need items like your proof of residence and proof of banking details.
The easiest way to apply for SASSA pension is via the SASSA website. Click the ‘Register’ option, and fill in the requested details to create an account. Login with these details, and head to the ‘apply for a grant’ option. Fill in your details, and print out the required SASSA affidavit form and bank payment form. You will need a Commissioner of Oaths to witness the affidavit for you. You can then upload your documents and proofs and finalize your application.
If you prefer to apply in-person, you can find the nearest SASSA office by visiting the SASSA website or by calling the SASSA toll-free helpline at 0800 60 10 11. Alternatively, you can request assistance from a qualified agency or community organization, like a local social worker. At the SASSA office, you will be given an application form to complete. You will need to provide personal information such as your name, date of birth, and contact details, as well as information about your income and household with the needed proofs. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, and your application will be then processed and verified.
You should be notified by letter or SMS as to whether your application is accepted. SASSA may require you to attend an assessment to determine your eligibility for the grant. This may involve an interview, a medical assessment, or a home visit. It can take up to 3 months to finalize the process, so we suggest you take action swiftly once you reach the threshold age.
Will SASSA Grant Increase in 2023?
Many SASSA grants are updated annually or bi-annually. In the 2023 cycle, these updates will take effect from 1st October 2023, and most amounts are being raised by R10.
With this handy guide to help you, getting your SASSA pension in 2023 has never been easier. Remember, if you have any questions or issues, you can always reach out to SASSA directly through their hotline, app, or website channels for specific assistance in your case.
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