SASSA child support grant
Taking care of a child is very expensive. We realise this, and want to help you understand how our child support grant works, and who can apply for a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant.
What is the child support grant?
The child support grant is aimed at lower income households. The aim of the grant is to help parents with the costs of the basic needs of their child. The grant is not meant to replace other income, but intended to bridge the gap in the cost of living.
Who can apply for the grant?
If you are the primary caregiver of a child (a parent, grandparent or anyone who is mainly responsible to look after the child) you will need the following to qualify for a grant:
For the child to qualify they must:
Remember if you are not the child’s parent, you must provide proof that you are the primary caregiver of the child. This must be in the form of an affidavit from the police, a social worker’s report and an affidavit from the biological parent or a letter from the principal of the school that the child attends.
You are unable to get a grant if you are:
If you are not the parent of the child, then you have to get the consent of the child's parent, guardian or custodian to receive this grant. You and the child must both be South African citizens. You must also both be living in South Africa when you apply. You cannot get this grant for more than 6 children.
Only people whose financial situation is below a certain level can get the grant. The test to decide whether you qualify is called a means test.
What is the grant amount?
The amount changes every year, but the child support grant is currently R410 a month.
What is the application process?
Your application form will be completed in the presence of an officer of SASSA. When your application is completed you will be given a receipt. The receipt must be kept as proof of your application.
You will also need to show certain documents and provide some information, including:
If you cannot make the application yourself, a friend or family member can bring a letter from you, and a doctor's note saying why you can't visit the office yourself. A home visit may then be arranged.
When you make the application, you should say how you would like the money to be paid. The money can be paid out in cash on specific days at a pay point, or the money can be paid electronically into your bank account.
Remember that normal bank charges apply to any money going in and out of your bank account. You can decide to change the payment method at any time by filling in a form, but the change will only happen a month later.
It will take about 30 working days for your application to be processed and checked, and either approved or refused. If your application is refused, you will get a letter explaining why it has been refused and how you can appeal.
If it is approved, you will start getting payments within 3 months. The payments will be backdated to the day you applied for the grant. You can find out what has happened to your application, and when you can expect payment by calling the free SASSA telephone number 0800 601 011.
Payments will stop if you die, if the child dies, when the child becomes too old, if someone else starts looking after the child, or if your circumstances change in any other way, so that you don't qualify for the grant anymore.
Your grant will be reviewed from time to time to check this. You must also inform the department of any changes in your or your child's circumstances.
Phone the toll-free help line at 0800 601 011 for information on:
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