Old Age Pension (Old Persons Grant)
The Older Person’s Grant – also known as the state old-age pension – is a monthly income for citizens, permanent residents, and refugees 60 years or older with no other means of financial income. This grant is meant to help our older residents cope financially during their old age.
The means test
Only people who have a monthly income below a certain level can get the grant. The test to decide this is called a means test.
Because social assistance like state grants is meant for people who can't support themselves, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) looks at the income and assets of the person applying for a social grant to determine whether a person qualifies to receive a grant or not.
How much is the old person's grant?
The amount of the old person's grant changes every year. Currently, the maximum amount that you'll get is R1 980 per month. If you're older than 75 years, you'll get R2 000. Any changes in the grant amounts are reflected every year in the national budget speech or at the opening of Parliament.
What you need to know about the grant application process
You can apply for the old age grant by filling in an application form at your nearest SASSA office and bringing the following information with you:
Note: If you're too old or sick to travel to the office to apply, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf. The person should take a letter from you and/or a doctor's note saying why you can't visit the office.
Complete the application form in the presence of the SASSA officer (note that only you as the applicant or a SASSA official can complete the application form). The officer will interview you and tell you if you qualify for the grant.
Although the application is free, you'll be given a receipt. Keep it as proof that you applied.
How long will it take for the application to be processed?
The old persons grant will be cancelled if you die, if you're admitted to a state institution or if your income or assets improve so much that you no longer pass the means test. You must inform the department of any changes in your circumstances.
Payment options and details
SASSA will pay the grant to you through one of the following methods:
Note: If you're unable to collect the money yourself, you can appoint a SASSA official, or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on your behalf.
Also, remember that normal bank charges can 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 at a welfare office, but the change will only happen a month later.
What if your application is not approved?
If your application wasn't approved, SASSA will inform you in writing why your application was unsuccessful. If you disagree with the decision, you can appeal to the national Department of Social Development. You must appeal within 90 days of being notified that your application was unsuccessful.
Call the toll-free helpline at 0800 601 011 for further information on:
SASSA Western Cape
For further information, please visit these websites:
Department of Social Development
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
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