The Older Person’s Grant – also known as the state old-age pension – is a monthly income for citizens, permanent residents and refugees 60 years or older with no other means of financial income.
You Qualify for an Older Person’s Grant if You:
- Are a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
- Are a permanent resident of South Africa
- Are 60 years or older
- And your spouse (if you have one) pass the means test
- Are not living in a state institution
- Are not receiving payments from another social grant
How Much is the Old Persons Grant?
The amount of the old persons grant changes every year. Currently the maximum amount that you will get is R1 500 per month. If you are older than 75 years, you will get R1 520. Any changes in the grant amounts are reflected every year in the national budget speech or at the opening of Parliament.
What You Need to Know about the Grant Application Process
You can apply for the old age grant by filling in an application form at your nearest SASSA office and bringing the following information with you:
- Your official identity document (ID).
- If you don’t have an ID:
- You must complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA form 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 even as your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
- If you don’t have an ID:
- Proof of your marital status (if applicable).
- Proof of your address.
- Proof of your income.
- Proof of your assets, including the value of the property you own.
- Proof of your private pension (if any).
- Your three-month bank statement.
- If you were employed, an Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) (‘blue book’) or discharge certificate from your previous employer.
- If your spouse died within the last five years, a copy of your spouse’s death certificate, their will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts where applicable.
Note: If you are too old or sick to travel to the office to apply, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf. The person should take a letter from you and/or a doctor’s note saying why you cannot visit the office.
Complete the application form in the presence of the SASSA officer (note that only you as the applicant or a SASSA official can complete the application form). The officer will interview you and tell you if you qualify for the grant.
Although the application is free, you will be given a receipt. Keep it as proof that you applied.
How Long Will it Take for the Application to be Processed?
- It may take up to three months to process your application.
- If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the date on which you applied.
- If your application is refused, you will get a letter explaining why it has been refused and how you can appeal within 90 days of being notified.
The old persons grant will be cancelled if you die, if you are admitted to a state institution or if your income or assets improve so much that you no longer pass the means test. You must inform the department of any changes in your circumstances.
Payment Options and Details
SASSA will pay the grant to you through one of the following methods:
- Cash at a specific pay point on a particular day.
- Electronic deposit into your bank or Postbank account (the bank may charge you for the service)
- Institutions (e.g. old age home).
Note: If you are unable to collect the money yourself, you can appoint a SASSA official, or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on your behalf.
Topics you find on Page 2?
• Unsuccessful application
• Methods of payment
• Suspension of grants
• Restoration of grants
• Main reasons for lapsing grants
• Social Relief of Distress
• Amount of Grants
• Address List