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Be in the know for the May 2024 SASSA child support grant and all the latest requirements. Picture: SASSA/File/Fotor.

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SASSA: Why apply for a social grant?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) administrates millions of social grants to South Africans in need.

SASSA may child support grants
Be in the know for the May 2024 SASSA child support grant and all the latest requirements. Picture: SASSA/File/Fotor.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) administrates millions of social grants to South Africans in need, including the In-Aid, Pensioners (Older Persons), R350-SRD, Childcare, and Disability Grants.

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If you are a South African who needs help from the social care system, it is your right to apply for a social grant.

Social grants are there to ease the responsibility of life, whether you claim for the care of someone else, or your own welfare.

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Here’s what you should know about SASSA social grant applications, including why it’s important to apply for a grant when you need one.

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SASSA: WHY APPLY FOR A SOCIAL GRANT?

The SASSA Act of 2004 stipulates that all South Africans who pass the necessary means tests are entitled to a social grant.


Social grants exist to reduce social pressure, and to cater to problems that affect the social system. If you don’t have money for food or an education, it can be the state’s responsibility to provide you with it.

Are you struggling to make ends meet, or have someone vulnerable under your care?

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SASSA might be able to ease the financial responsibilities associated with it, and this is what social grants are for.

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If you are eligible by passing the means test, your social grant is your right.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SOCIAL GRANT?

If you would like to apply for a social grant, the first thing you should do is contact a regional office – or visit the official website for social grant services.

Applications are usually done in writing, subject to a means test which assesses your needs and income so that a grant can be approved.

If you are unsure, contact the social security agency’s hotline or visit a regional office.