…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a government organization entrusted with the task of distributing social grants to over 18 million individuals in South Africa.
In order to be eligible for any of these social grants, individuals must be South African citizens, permanent residents, or refugees.
Social Grants Offered by SASSA:
Child Support Grant – R480:
The Child Support Grant provided by SASSA offers a monthly allowance of R480 to eligible individuals.
This grant aims to assist families in meeting the financial needs of their children.
Care Dependency Grant – R1,990:
The Care Dependency Grant, with a monthly value of R1,990, is intended to support caregivers of children with disabilities.
It aims to alleviate the financial burden associated with caring for a child with special needs.
Foster Child Grant – R1,070:
SASSA provides the Foster Child Grant, amounting to R1,070 per month, to foster parents.
This grant assists in covering the expenses involved in raising foster children.
Disability Grant – R1,990:
The Disability Grant, valued at R1,990 per month, is aimed at individuals with disabilities who are unable to support themselves financially.
It provides them with a regular income to meet their basic needs.
Grant in Aid – R480:
SASSA offers the Grant in Aid, amounting to R480 per month, to individuals who require constant care and supervision due to severe disabilities.
This grant assists them in accessing necessary aids and services.
Older Person’s Grant – R1,990 and 75 years and older – R2,010:
The Older Person’s Grant is designed for individuals who have reached a certain age and are no longer able to generate a sufficient income.
SASSA provides a monthly amount of R1,990 to those below 75 years, and R2,010 to individuals aged 75 years and older.
War Veteran’s Grant – R2,010:
SASSA extends the War Veteran’s Grant to honor and support individuals who have served their country during times of conflict.
This grant provides them with a monthly allowance of R2,010.
Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant – R350:
The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant, introduced during the pandemic, offers temporary financial assistance to eligible South Africans affected by the socio-economic impacts of the crisis.
It provides a monthly amount of R350 to qualified individuals.
The South African Social Security Agency plays a crucial role in the welfare of millions of South Africans through the distribution of social grants.
By providing financial support in various categories, such as child support, disability, and assistance for the elderly, SASSA strives to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life for those in need.