SASSA Old Age Grant (2024) – Payment Date, Balance Check, Application

The SASSA Old Age Grant is sometimes called the Old Age Pension. This program provides financial aid to individuals aged 60 and over, who are no longer able to work or have no other sources of income. It serves as a valuable lifeline for those in need during their golden years.

'SASSA Old Age Grant' program

SASSA Old Age Grant (2024)

Payment Date, Balance Check, Application

It is designed exclusively for individuals who are South African citizens, permanent residents, or refugees aged 60 and above. To qualify for this grant, you will need to undergo a means test that evaluates your income, assets, and other financial factors. Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you will start receiving regular monthly payments to support your financial needs.

Old age grant payment date for April

The monthly Old Person’s Grant from SASSA will be deposited onto SASSA cards on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024.  You will get the SRD Grant towards the end of the month.

Key Factors to Meet Eligibility criteria for Older person grant

Ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria before submitting your application for the grant for older pension grant:

  1. You must be South African citizens, permanent residents, or refugees.
  2. It would help if you were 60 years old or older.
  3. You are not being maintained or cared for in a state-funded institution like prisons, rehabilitation centers, or state old age homes.
  4. You and your spouse must meet the means test requirements.
  5. Applicants should not be receiving any other social grants for themselves.
  6. The maximum allowable income for singles is R86,280, and the limit for assets is 1,227,600.
  7. Married couples should not earn more than R1 72,560; the limit for assets is R2, 455,200. 

What is the means test for the SASSA Old Age grant?

“SASSA means test,” which is to evaluate the financial situation of applicants, taking into account their income, assets, and other financial aspects. Its purpose is to ensure that only those who truly deserve the grant are eligible to receive it. As of April 1, 2023, two principal thresholds are in place:

1. Assets Threshold:

  • A single person should not own assets valued above R1 372 800.
  • The assets owned by a married person and their spouse should not exceed R2 745,600.

2. Income Threshold:

  • The maximum annual income for a single person should be R96 840.
  • A married couple’s combined income must be below R193,680 annually to qualify.

Note: Not all grants use the same test to see if you qualify financially.

Payment dates and amount for older age grant 2024-25

This is a quick guide to see how much you might receive for the Old Age Grant in South Africa:

MonthPayment Date60-74 years75 Or older
April 202403/04/24R2, 180R2, 200
May 202403/05/24R2, 180R2, 200
June 202404/06/24R2, 180R2, 200
July 202402/07/24R2, 180R2, 200
August 202402/08/24R2, 180R2, 200
September 202403/09/24R2, 180R2, 200
October 202402/10/24R2, 190R2, 210
November 202405/11/24R2, 190R2, 210
December 202403/12/24R2, 190R2, 210
January 202503/01/25R2, 190R2, 210
February 202504/02/25R2, 190R2, 210
March 202504/03/25R2, 190R2, 210

From April 2024, individuals between 60 and 74 will now receive R2,180 per person monthly. Aged 75 or older will receive R2,200 per person monthly.

Remember: These amounts are based on the latest SASSA grant increase as of October 1, 2023. The grant amounts might be adjusted annually. Effective October 1, 2024, the old age grant payments will be raised by an extra R10 per person for both people aged 60 to 74 and 75 or older.

How Do I apply for the SASSA Olders Age grant?

Visit your nearest SASSA office: Apply for the SASSA old age grant at your closest SASSA office by completing their application form. If you prefer to apply online, check out the instructions for online applications on the SASSA services website.

Family/Friend Can Help Apply: If you find yourself unable to go to the office due to age or illness, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf. Just make sure they carry a letter from your doctor’s note detailing the reasons preventing you from personally visiting the SASSA office.

SASSA Interview: The application forms are available at SASSA offices and must be filled out in the presence of a SASSA officer. You have the option to complete the application on your own. If assistance is required, the SASSA officer will be available to help complete the form. They will also interview to determine eligibility for the grant. You will be notified about your eligibility for the grant after the interview.

Keep Your Receipt: Once you finish the application process and the interview, you will be given a dated stamp receipt. Save the receipt you get, even if you do not qualify for a grant. It’s your proof that you’ve submitted your application.

What documents do I require for the Older pension grant?

The following original documents, or certified copies, are required for an application for an older person’s grant:

 You and your spouse’s identity documents or certified copies are required if you don’t have these documents.

SASSA can provide you with an affidavit to fill out. this must be done in the presence of an Oaths Commissioner who is not affiliated with SASSA. 

A sworn statement signed by a reputable individual (e.g. counselor, social worker, traditional leader, religious minister, or school principal) is necessary to verify your identity and age.

SASSA requires your fingerprint for application processing. You will need to visit the Department of Home Affairs to apply for your ID during the processing period. If you fail to get the ID, your application will be suspended by SASSA.

 Submit proof of your spousal relationship status.

Marriage Certificate: If you are married

Divorce Decree: if the marriage has been dissolved

Evidence of your present residential address.

 You and your spouse must give a sworn statement or affidavit to declare your income and assets.

Prepare any supporting documents needed to verify your income and assets.

If your spouse passed away in the last 5 years, you must submit a copy of their death certificate.

Evidence of your pension (If any).

Documents proof of the income of dependent children.

Bank statement for the past 3 months to be submitted.

If previously employed, proof of UIF membership or a discharge certificate from your ex-employer is necessary.

Processing time for the SASSA Old pension application

  1. Processing applications for the older person grant typically takes around 3 months.
  2. Payments for the grant will be processed once your application has been approved.
  3. If your application is rejected, SASSA will provide a letter explaining the reasons for the denial.

SASSA Old Age Grant Status check

After submitting your grant application, it’s important to regularly check your SASSA status for updates. You don’t need to do anything right away. Once your old-age grant application is approved, make sure to check the status frequently to stay informed about upcoming payments.

Online: Use the SASSA online website link

  1. Give ID and Phone number which is registered during grant application
  2. Click “Submit” to send a request and the status is shown in front of your screen

Moya App (Data-Free): Download the Moya App in a data-free way.

Text SASSA: Send a text message to 082-046-8553 in this format“SASSA [ID Number]”. You’ll receive updates on your application status.

WhatsApp SASSA: Send a message to 082-046-8553 on WhatsApp.

Call SASSA Toll-Free: Dial 0800-601011 to speak with a SASSA representative and inquire about your application status.

SASSA old age grant status check

What to do if your SASSA Old Age Grant Application is not Approved?

If your grant application is rejected and you feel that there was an error in the decision, you have the option to ask SASSA to review your application. If SASSA reconsiders but still says no, and you strongly disagree:

  1. You have the right to appeal the decision.
  2. This means you asked a higher authority to review the case.

Important things to remember For appeal

You only have 90 days to file an appeal after your original application is submitted. The appeal will be reviewed by the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development.

If the appeals board agrees to your cause, SASSA’s decision will be overturned, and you will start receiving your grant payments.

If the appeal is rejected, you will be provided with a written explanation outlining the decision made by the appeal board.

Understanding the SASSA Old Age Grant Payment Process

Once your old-age grant is approved, you can look forward to receiving payments.SASSA releases a payment schedule every month. This means that there are no fixed dates. Check your upcoming payment date.

SASSA has three convenient ways to deliver your grant payments:

Direct DepositYour grant will be deposited directly into your bank account or Postbank account. Banks may charge a service fee.
Cash WithdrawalYou can withdraw your grant in cash at SASSA-partnered retail outlets such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave and Spar.
Specific InstitutionsIn some cases, you may receive your grant through direct deposit or cash disbursement from specific institutions like old age homes, disability centers, or non-profit organizations (depending on their agreements with SASSA).

If you prefer to receive your grant payments through a bank account, it is necessary to fill out a Consent Form for Bank Payment of SASSA Grant and provide the required documentation

Document Description
Proof of IdentityID card, driving license, or birth certificate (original document or certified copy)
Bank Account DetailsBank account number in your name. Must be a South African bank account
Bank StatementsThree months of recent bank statements showing your name and account number

To update your bank account or payment method, simply complete a form at the welfare office. Rest assured that once the verification is completed, your payments will be smoothly transferred to the new payment method. But it’s important to remember that this change will go into effect the month after the verification procedure is completed.

SASSA Old Age Grant Balance Check

Utilize the convenient “SASSA balance check” service to monitor the remaining funds in your grant after each payment. This service is beneficial for managing your finances and ensuring responsible usage of your grant money. After your SASSA old age grant is approved and you start getting payments, you may need to check your balance regularly by following methods:

  1. Use your cellphone to dial 1203210# or 12069277# for quick access.
  2. Visit any ATM to input the USSD code (bank charges may apply).
  3. Reach out to SASSA via WhatsApp at 082 046 8553.
  4. Access information on the SASSA official website.
  5. Contact the SASSA call center toll-free at 0800 601 011 for assistance.

Old Pension Grant Suspension Reasons

Your grant might be stopped (suspended) for a few reasons:

Life changes: If something big changes in your life, like your income or living situation, SASSA might need to review your eligibility.

Mistakes: If you accidentally gave wrong information when applying, SASSA might need to check things out.

Not cooperating: If SASSA asks for more information and you don’t respond, they might need to pause your grant.

Review findings: Sometimes SASSA reviews grants to make sure everything is accurate.

Approved by mistake: In rare cases, if your grant was approved in error, it might be stopped.

Important Note: If your grant is suspended, SASSA will contact you to explain the situation.

Reasons for Lapsing of the Old Age Grant

DeathIf you pass away, your grant will stopN/A
No proof of lifeYour grant will be reviewed annually to confirm you’re alive. If you can’t provide proof when requested, your grant may lapseRespond promptly to SASSA’s requests for proof of life
Uncollected paymentsIf you don’t collect your grant payments for 3 months in a row, you can re-activate them. However, after 90 days of non-collection, you’ll need to re-apply for the grantCollect your grant payments regularly. If there’s a reason you can’t, contact SASSA to discuss your options
Government institution stayIf you’re admitted to a fully government-funded institution (hospital, jail), your grant may lapseContact SASSA to understand how this might affect your grant
Leaving the countryIf you leave South Africa for more than 90 days without informing SASSA, your grant may lapseNotify SASSA if you plan to be out of the country for an extended period.

If your stay at the state station exceeds four months, your grant amount will be decreased to 25% of the total. However, when you are discharged, your grant will be immediately reinstated to the maximum amount. This means that if you are admitted for a longer period, you will receive a reduced grant, but once you leave, it will be restored to its original value.

Restoration of the older person Grant

If you feel that your grant was suspended in error or if you have a disagreement with a decision made by SASSA, you can file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development within 90 days from the suspension date.

How much is the older grant cost?

Great news! You can apply for the Old Age Grant in South Africa without any cost. There are no fees or hidden charges when applying for the Old Age Grant.

contact sASSA for older grant queries

Have your ID number and grant details ready if you’re calling about an older grant application. Be polite and patient with the SASSA representatives.

There are several ways to reach SASSA for grant-related questions

Connect with the SASSA Toll-Free Call Centre at 0800 60 10 11

Visit your nearest SASSA office branch for in-person assistance.

Call SASSA Head Office phone number: 012 400 2322

Email to SASSA official grant-related queries mail: [email protected]

SASSA also offers a WhatsApp number for inquiries: 082 046 8553

Apply these strategies to connect with SASSA and acquire the necessary answers to your questions concerning grants.