How To Apply For Sassa Old Age Pension Grant

By Dave Nyam •  Updated: 10/03/24 •  5 min read

Applying for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Old Age Pension Grant can be daunting, but with the correct information and preparation, it doesn’t have to be. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for this crucial benefit, who is eligible to receive it, what documents are needed, how much it pays, and how long it typically takes for the application to be approved. Let’s get started!

How To Apply For Sassa Old Age Pension Grant

  1. Visit the nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office and bring the following:
    • Your thirteen-digit-bar-coded ID. If you lack one, you must:
      • Fill out an affidavit in a standard South African Social Security Agency design. Ensure a Commissioner of Oaths is present when doing this, and he/she must not be a SASSA executive official.
      • Carry a sworn statement approved by a reputable individual (such as a counsellor, religion minister, and more) who’s familiar with you and that child.
      • A SASSA executive will take your fingermarks. You’ll get a referral to the Department of Home Affairs, where you’ll apply for the identity card as the application is being reviewed. Be ready to have the grant suspended If you don’t receive an ID.

2. Fill out the application document and ensure you do it while a SASSA officer is around ( you can do this alone or ask for help only from a SASSA official).

3. You’ll get a receipt that you’ll keep as your application proof.

Who Qualifies For SASSA Old Age Pension?

You must:

What Documents Do I Need To Apply For An Old Age SASSA Grant?

Applying for a SASSA Old Age Pension grant requires you to provide certain documents to prove your identity, residency, income, and financial situation. To be eligible for an old age grant, you must be over 60 and have a valid South African identity document (ID) or asylum permit. 

Once you have gathered the required documents, you can apply for an old age grant from Sassa. You can do this either by visiting your local SASSA office in person. The process can take several weeks to complete, so patience is essential. 

How Much Is SASSA Old Age Pension Now?

The current maximum rate of the Old Age Pension is R1980 per month or R2000 for those who are over 75 years.

Can You Claim SASSA If You Get A Pension?

Do you receive a pension from another government agency, such as a disability grant, war veteran’s pension, or public service pension? You may still be eligible to receive the Sassa old age pension.

However, it is essential to note that the amount of the old age pension will be reduced if you also receive a stipend from another government source.

How Long Does It Take To Get Old Age Pension After Applying?

When you apply for the Sassa Old Age Pension grant, it is crucial to understand how long it takes to receive it once you have submitted your application. The processing time for your application will depend on the accuracy of the information provided and the demand for grants at that particular time. 

On average, it typically takes about three months for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to process your application and provide you with a decision regarding your eligibility. During this time, SASSA will thoroughly review your application, verifying your identity and financial status to determine whether you are eligible for the pension. 

How Much Is SASSA Old Age Pension Per Month?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides a monthly pension for individuals over 60. The amount that is paid depends on your income and assets. The maximum amount payable is R1980 per month or R2000 for those who are over 75 years. 

Conclusion

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) old age pension grant is an essential source of income for older adults in South Africa. To qualify for the SASSA pension, individuals must be at least sixty years of age and have no other sources of income. The application process is relatively straightforward and requires you to provide proof of your age, identity, and address. You may also need to provide proof of income and/or other documents related to your finances.

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