South Africa provides a number of Social Grants, described below along with their respective eligibility requirements.
Old Age Grant
War Veteran's Grant
Foster Child Grant
Care Dependency Grant
Note: the income of foster parent will not be taken into consideration
Child Support Grant
Social Relief of Distress is temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in such straits that they are unable to meet their families' most basic needs. The Social Relief of Distress may be in the form of a food parcel or a voucher to buy food. Some provinces give this assistance in the form of cash. Social Relief of Distress is given for a short time only - usually for up to three months, although in extreme cases aid can be provided for as long as six months.
The following list is provided for example of cases which would qualify for Social Relief of Distress
Apply for Social Relief of Distress at your nearest Social Security office. Submit your application with your 13-digit bar-coded identity document and you children's birth certificates If you do not have an identity document and birth certificates, an affidavit from your local police station, chief, councillor or religious leader may be enough proof. Your application will be processed immediately. Once your application is submitted, it will be assessed for credibility and your genuine need for the service.
One month's food parcel, voucher or cash grant will be provided in all circumstances, even without the necessary documentation. However, full documentation should be provided to the officer before the second month's payment is due. No further aid will be provided without them. Once your case has been established, if there is no change in your circumstances after you have received the grant for three months, you may apply to have the grant extended for another three months.
When applying, provide proof one or more of the following, as applicable to your particular case.
Social Relief of Distress - Enquiries: 0800 60 10 11
You apply at SASSA Offices nearest to where you live
- If you are too old or sick to travel to SASSA Offices to apply for a grant, then a family member or friend can apply on your behalf
- Your application form will be completed in the presence of an officer from SASSA
- When your application is completed you will be given a receipt
- Keep this receipt - it is your only proof of application
- You do not have to pay any money to apply
- If your application is not approved, you must be informed in writing as to why your application was unsuccessful
- You have the right to appeal to the Minister for Social Development in writing, explaining why you disagree with the decision. This appeal must be lodged within 90 days of notification of the outcome of your application.
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