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We are trying to find ways to combat and fight poverty in our country and social grants are the epitome of strategies in the South African government used to reduce poverty as millions of South Africans benefit from the social grants administered by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).  If you’re thinking of applying, already receiving a social grant or are in the process of applying for one, here’s more info,

What are social grants?

A social grant refers to grants paid by the government to South African citizens who need assistance. They help improve the standard of living and are given to people who are vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support.

What is a means test?

All social grants are subjected to a “means test”. The means test is a way of determining whether you qualify to receive a grant that’s meant for those who have insufficient means to support themselves.

Types of social grants

Care dependency grant

Care dependency grants offer help to full-time caregivers of a child/children with disabilities. The grant is R1980 per month.

To qualify for a grant, the child must be found permanently disabled by a medical officer and must be under the age of 18. Here’s a list of the other important qualifying requirements you need to meet.

Child support grant

To receive this grant, you must be the primary caregiver of a child. The child must be under the age of 18 years old and must live in South Africa. The grant is R480 per child.

Biological parents or caregivers can apply for a child support grant. If you’re not the biological parent, you’ll have to provide proof that you’re the primary caregiver. Have a look at the other important qualifying requirements.

Disability grant

Unlike the care dependency grant, the disability grant is available on a permanent or temporary basis for between 6 and 12 months. The duration is dependent on your condition and diagnosis from a healthcare provider. When your temporary grant expires and you haven’t fully recovered to return to work, you’ll need to apply for the grant again. Unfortunately, if you’re receiving other grants, you can’t receive a disability grant. The monetary value is R1985.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 59 years old. When applying, you’ll need to submit a medical assessment or report confirming the disability isn’t older than 3 months at the date of application. You must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee between the age of 18 – 59 years. Here’s some other important qualifying requirements you need to meet. 

Foster child grant

If you’re taking care of a foster child and need financial assistance, you can apply for a foster child grant. The monetary amount is R1070 a month per child.

To qualify for the grant, you and the child you’re taking care of must live in South Africa. When applying, you must provide a court order indicating foster care status as well as a birth certificate of the child. Find out more about the other important qualifying requirements you need to meet.

These are the available grants available in SA. If you have any questions about or require other information regarding social grants visit the SASSA website. Don’t forget to check out part two of the social grants available in SA.

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