SASSA Stats: The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

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SASSA Stats, how to check the SASSA statistics in South Africa. SASSA stands for The South African Social Security Agency. In this article, you will learn more about SASSA Stats and who qualifies for the SASSA grant in South Africa.

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What is SASSA?

SASSA stands for The South African Social Security Agency. Social grants in South Africa are administered by SASSA. Their role is to administer social grants to categories of people who are ‘vulnerable to property and in need of state support’ in order to improve these people’s standard of living in South Africa.

Who Qualifies for SASSA?

To qualify for the SASSA grant, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • The applicant and child must be resident in South Africa
  • Be over 60 years of age or older
  • The applicant must not be in receipt of another social grant for him or herself.
  • The applicant and spouse must comply with the means test
  • The applicant must not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution
  • The applicant must submit a 13 digit bar coded identity document

You can apply for SASSA grant if you do some work or have another another source of income but still really need social assistance. According to SASSA, you must declare all your income and assets to SASSA. If you receive the war veterans grant, old-age grant or disability grant, your monthly SASSA payment will be reduced according to how much money you earn.

In order to qualify for the SASSA grant, you need to meet the above requirements of the means test. In terms of the current thresholds, a single person should not earn more than more than R73 800 per year or R6 150 per month and you should not have assets totaling more than R1 056,000.

If you are married your combined income cannot exceed R147 600 or R12 300 per month) and combined assets can be no more than R2,112,000.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) / Image: Delwyn Verasamy/M&G

Grants Offered by SASSA

  • Grants for older people / Older Person’s Grant
  • Disability grants
  • Care dependence grant
  • Child support grant
  • War veterans grant
  • Grant-in-aid
  • Social relief distress grant
  • Foster child grant

How to Apply for SASSA Grant

Social grant applicants in South Africa can apply for certain social grants online. Applications can be lodged on the SASSA’s official website at Alternatively, you can apply for the grant at your nearest SASSA office. If you are too old or too sick to apply for the grant at the office, you may have a friend or family member apply on your behalf.

Your SASSA Card

You will receive a bank account and SASSA Card if your SASSA grant application is successful. The money will be deposited into this account every month. This SASSA card is associated with MasterCard and can be used as a debit card. You can also use it to buy items, withdraw cash at till points or ATMs and check your balance.


If you are interested in reading more about the SASSA Stats, you can visit the SASSA statistic page here.

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