Concerning the Grant for Older Persons: You may be eligible for a grant to support you in your senior years. People who are sixty years of age or older are eligible to receive an older person’s award.
This award was formerly known as the pension for those over the age of 65. How much do you stand to gain? The most money that can be given to you each month is 1,890 South African Rand.
If you are older than 75 years, you will receive R1910 if you qualify.
What criteria are used to determine eligibility? You must fulfil all of the following requirements: be a citizen of South Africa, a permanent resident of South Africa, or a refugee of South Africa; live in South Africa; not receive any other social grant for yourself; not be cared for in a state institution; earn less than R86 280 per month if you are single; earn less than R172 560 per month if you are married.
Not possess assets with a value that is greater than R1,227,600 if you are a single person or R2,455,200 if you are married.
What you need to do is: Visit the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office that is most conveniently located to your home and bring the necessary documents with you: Your identification card has a barcode that contains 13 digits (ID).
If you do not have an identification document, you are required to fill out an affidavit using a standard SASSA format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not affiliated with SASSA, and you will not be able to apply for benefits.
You are required to produce a sworn declaration signed by a respectable person (such as a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion, or school principal) who can authenticate your name and age, and the SASSA official will take your fingerprints.
During the time that your application is being processed, you will be given instructions on how to apply for the ID at the Department of Home Affairs.
If you don’t acquire an ID, the grant that you were awarded will be revoked. The documentation of your marital status (if applicable). Establishment of one’s residency.
Documentation of your salary or dividends, if applicable (if any). Documentation of your assets, including the appraised worth of any real estate you possess. Documentation of your private pension plan (if any). The statements from your bank account for the prior three months.
If you had a job, you need to bring evidence of your membership in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF; sometimes known as a “blue book”) or a discharge document from your prior employer.
If your spouse passed away during the last five years, a copy of the will, as well as the first and final accounts for liquidation and distribution, if appropriate.
Note that if you are too old or sick to travel to the office to apply for benefits, a member of your family or a close friend may do so on your behalf.
The person should ask you for a letter and/or a note from your doctor explaining why you are unable to come into the office. To apply for a job, fill out the application in front of the officer (note that only you as the applicant or an official may complete the application form).
The officer will conduct an interview with you and let you know if you are eligible for the grant. You will be provided a receipt for your purchase. Keep it as evidence that you applied for the job.
What will happen if your application is not accepted?
In the event that your application is not accepted, SASSA will provide you with a written explanation of the reasons why it was denied. You have the right to file an appeal with the Minister of Social Development at the national Department of Social Development if you feel that the decision was made in error.
You have ninety days from the day you were notified that your application was denied to submit an appeal. How much time does it take?
The processing of your application could take anywhere from one to three months. In the event that your request for a grant is accepted, the payment for it will begin on the date that you submitted your request.