Disability grant | South African Government (2024)

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About a disability grant

If you have a physical or mental disability which makes you unfit to work for a period of longer than six months, you can apply for a disability grant.

You get a permanent disability grant if your disability will continue for more than a year and a temporary disability grant if your disability will last for a continuous period of not less than six months and not more than 12 months. A permanent disability grant does not mean you will receive the grant for life, but that it will continue for longer than 12 months.

How do you know if you qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • be a South African citizen or permanent resident or refugee and living in South Africa at the time of application
  • be between 18 and 59 years old
  • not be cared for in a state institution
  • have a 13-digit, bar-coded identity document (ID)
  • not earn more than R86 280 if you are single or R172 560if married.
  • not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married
  • undergo a medical examination where a doctor appointed by the state will assess the degree of your disability
  • bring along any previous medical records and reports when you make the application and when the assessment is done.

The doctor will complete a medical report and will forward the report to South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

The report is valid for three months from the date you are assessed.

Note: If you are under 18 and need permanent care due to your disability, your primary caregiver can apply for a Care Dependency Grant. If you don’t have an ID, you will be required to complete an affidavit and provide proof of having applied for the document from the Department of Home Affairs. If you have not applied for an ID, you must do so within three months of applying for the grant.

How much will you get?

The maximum is R2 090per month.

How will you be paid?

A grant will be paid to you through one of the following methods:

  • cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • electronic deposit into your bank account, including Postbank (the bank may charge you for the service)
  • an institution not funded by the State – e.g. home for people with disabilities.

When may your grant be suspended?

The following may result in the suspension of your grant:

  • when your circ*mstances change
  • the outcome of a review
  • if you fail to co-operate when your grant is reviewed
  • when you commit fraud or misrepresent yourself
  • if there was a mistake when your grant was approved.

When may your grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when you:

  • pass away
  • are admitted to a state institution
  • do not claim for three consecutive months
  • are absent from the country.

Please note: If you are admitted to an institution that has a contract with the state to care for you, the grant is reduced to 25% of the maximum amount of the grant. That will be done with effect from the fourth month following your admission to that institution. The reduced grant is re-instated immediately from the date you are discharged from the institution.

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What you should do

  1. Complete a disability grant application form at your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office in the presence of a SASSA officer.
  2. Submit the following:
    • Your 13-digit bar-coded identity document (ID). If you don't have an ID:
      • You must complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official.
      • You must bring a sworn statement signed by a reputable person (like a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal) who can verify your name and age.
      • The SASSA official will take your fingerprints.
      • You will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for the ID while your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
    • A medical report and functional assessment report confirming your disability.
    • Proof of marital status (if applicable).
    • Proof of residence.
    • Proof of income or dividends (if any).
    • Proof of assets, including the municipal value of your property.
    • Proof of private pension (if any).
    • Your bank statements for the past three months.
    • Refugee status permit and 13-digit refugee ID.
    • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) document ('blue book') or discharge certificate from your previous employer if you were employed.
    • A copy of the will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts, if your spouse died within the last five years.
  3. After submitting your application you will be given a receipt to keep as proof of application.

What if your application is not approved?

  • The social security office will inform you in writing whether or not your application was successful.
  • If your grant is not approved, the social security office will state the reasons why your application was unsuccessful. You can then appeal to the Minister of Social Development in writing, explaining why you disagree.
  • Appeal within 90 days of receiving notification about the outcome of your application.

How long does it take

  • It may take up to three months to process your application.
  • If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the day you applied.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

Application forms are not available online, but you can get them from your nearest (SASSA) office.

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Disability grant | South African Government (2024)


How many people receive disability grants in South Africa? ›

The national prevalence of disability is 7.5 per cent, and, as such, the disability grant, of R1 700 per month in 2018/19, is provided to more than 1 million people.

How do I qualify for a disability grant in South Africa? ›

To qualify, you must:
  1. be a South African citizen or permanent resident or refugee and living in South Africa at the time of application.
  2. be between 18 and 59 years old.
  3. not be cared for in a state institution.
  4. have a 13-digit, bar-coded identity document (ID)

How much does disability grant pay in South Africa? ›

How much is the SASSA Disability Grant Amount? According to the latest updates of 1 April 2024, the monthly amount for disability grant is R2 180 per month (per person).

What are the benefits of permanent disability in South Africa? ›

What benefit does the Disability Scheme provide? Should you become permanently disabled and your disability claim is accepted, the Scheme will provide a monthly disability income equal to 75% of your pensionable salary. Employees joining the Scheme after age 55 only qualify for a 37,5% benefit.

How many people get 100% disability? ›

More than a million veterans receive benefits at the 100% rate. In addition to receiving the highest possible disability payment, these veterans qualify for additional benefits if their 100% rating is permanent.

How much is the disability grant in South Africa 2024? ›

Furthermore, the Care Dependency Grant has seen an increment, reaching R2,180, with a projected rise to R2,190 in October 2024, supporting children under 18 who are permanently disabled.

What fund does disability come from? ›

SSDI is funded through payroll taxes. Recipients have worked for years and have contributed to the Social Security trust fund in the form of Social Security taxes – received under either the Federal Insurance Contributions Act for employees or the Self-Employment Contributions Act for the self-employed.

Can I apply for disability grant online in South Africa? ›

Application forms are not available online, but you can get them from your nearest (SASSA) office.

How much is disability grant in USA per month? ›

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Who pays social grants in South Africa? ›

The government pays social grant to South African citizens who need assistance. SASSA administers social grants in South Africa. Social grants are in place to help improve the living standards in society of people who are vulnerable to poverty, and need state support.

How much is the disability pension in SA? ›

If you're 21 or older with or without children, or younger than 21 with a child in your care
Pension rates per fortnightSingleCouple each
Maximum basic rate$1,020.60$769.30
Maximum Pension Supplement$81.60$61.50
Energy Supplement$14.10$10.60

What is considered to be a permanent disability? ›

Permanent disability (PD) is any lasting disability from your work injury or illness that affects your ability to earn a living. If your injury or illness results in PD you are entitled to PD benefits, even if you are able to go back to work.

Is disability income taxable in South Africa? ›

What tax is payable? No tax will be payable on your monthly income payments. If you are required to submit an annual Income Tax return to SARS, the total disability income received during that year must be declared as amounts considered non-taxable.

How many people receive SASSA grants in SA? ›

SASSA pays 26-million grants every month

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is paying grants to over 26-million people. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) spent R232-billion on social grants in 2022 - about 11% of the national budget.

How many people are receiving grants in South Africa? ›

28 million people on grants in South Africa – with only 7 million taxpayers – BusinessTech.

How many people rely on grants in South Africa? ›

Study reveals how they use them to generate more income. South Africa has one of the world's most expansive social grant system: 47% of the population relies on a monthly grant.

How many people earn grant in South Africa? ›

South Africa has 27.3 million people on grants – but only 7.1 million taxpayers. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu told Parliament they are addressing poverty by providing 45% of South Africa's population with grants.

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