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Good news. Despite plenty of uncertainty at government level, post-election SASSA grants will go ahead. Image: SASSA

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Who qualifies for the 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid?

Following recent increases across the board, the agency explains 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid is, and who is eligible for assistance …

sassa grants after elections
Good news. Despite plenty of uncertainty at government level, post-election SASSA grants will go ahead. Image: SASSA

You may apply for 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid as an additional stipend to your existing grant. However, you must already be receiving a government grant, and it is not eligible to just anyone. Specifically, as the cost of living in South Africa rises, the South African Social Security Agency acknowledges that its most vulnerable beneficiaries need more assistance to make ends meet each month.

Therefore, 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid was created as an addition to people already receiving either Disability, Older Persons or War Veterans grants. It is not applicable to any of the 2024 SASSA Children’s grants. Here’s the thinking behind it, how much it pays, and how you can apply …

2024 SASSA GRANT-IN-AID

2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid
The South African Social Security Agency clarifies its Grant-in-Aid requirements. Image: Nokuthula Mbatha/ANA

The additional government stipend is for SASSA recipient who require full-time care at home and who need the extra resources to hire someone to provide that care. Also note that the full amount does not apply if you are already in a state-sponsored care facility.

2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid recently went up in April by R20 from R510 to R530. And if you team it with an existing Older Persons, War Veterans or Disability grant and it will pay R2 710 (60-years old), and R2 730 (75-years old).

MEDICAL ASSESSMENT REQUIRED

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The induction of new SASSA assessors took place back in January 2024 in the Northern Cape. Image: SASSA/X

As mentioned above, to be eligible for 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid you must already be a primary grant recipient. The agency will then use an assessor – either a state or private doctor – who will gauge if you do indeed need full-time care at home.  

Furthermore, the main criteria for this assessment is based on mental or physical disability. If you are in possession of a report, it will not be accepted by the agency if it is older than three months. Likewise, if you’re already receiving care in a state facility, you will not be eligible for the additional funds.

UPCOMING PAYMENT DATES

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Be sure to diarise the following SASSA dates for the rest of the year. Image: File

2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid is most often paid in addition to old-age pensioners, war veterans or those with disabilities. Here are the upcoming payment dates you can diarise for the remainder of the year to stay on top of your finances:

  • Older Persons Grants: Friday 3 May 2024 (tomorrow)
  • Disability Grants: Monday 6 May 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Tuesday 4 June 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Wednesday 5 June 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Tuesday 2 July 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Wednesday 3 July 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Friday 2 August 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Monday 5 August 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Tuesday 3 September 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Wednesday 4 September 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Wednesday 2 October 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Thursday 3 October 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Tuesday 5 November 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Wednesday 6 November 2024.
  • Older Persons Grants: Tuesday 3 December 2024.
  • Disability Grants: Wednesday 4 December 2024.
2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid
*Graphic from the South African Social Security Agency