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SASSA – Grant for Older Persons

 SASSA

 

The SASSA You and Your Grants – English – 2017 – 2018 booklet outlines everything you need to know about the Older Persons Grant

 

You and Your Grants – English – 2017 – 2018 is a comprehensive beneficiary education tool that explains the different types of social grants, the qualifying requirements for each grant type and the latest updated social grant amounts.

The SASSA booklet also provides information on:

  • Qualifying requirements
  • Where do you apply for a grant
  • Asset and Income Threshold
  • Amounts of Grants as at 1 April 2017
  • Contact details of SASSA Head Office and all regional SASSA branches

 

Please click here to view the SASSA booklet titled
You and Your Grants – English- 2017-2018

 

Please click here to view the latest SASSA information regarding
Asset and Income Threshold
and
Amounts of Grants as at 1 April 2018

 

 

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close the comments section below.
Please be advised that YEI is unable to respond to comments as of July 2018

 

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103 Comments

  • Petrus van der Westhuizen
    August 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Ek het deur die SASSA pamflet gelees en vind die inligting onvoldoende ten opsigte van die maksimum inkomsteperk en omskrywing van die tipe bates wat toegepas word om te bepaal of iemand kwalifiseer vir ‘n staatspensioen. Sassa gebruik tans die kontant en beleggings en die inkomstes daaruit waaroor iemand beskik en die waarde van die woning waarin gewoon word om die perk te bepaal. ‘n Woonhuis waarin iemand woon lewer geen inkomste nie terwyl ‘n inkomste uit beleggings en kontant diskresioner is en nie ‘n inkomste soos uit ‘n pensioenfonds is nie. Net die rente en diwidende inkomste uit kontant beleggings behoort as inkomste beskou te word om die inkomsteperk te bepaal, maar SASSA doen dit nie. Myns insiens volg SASSA die praktyk doelbewus om mense wat ‘n neseier het uit te sluit van staatspensioenvoordele en beskou ek dit as diskriminerend.

    • Marilynh
      August 14, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Dear Petrus

      Thank you for your comments.

      The information from SASSA has been put up on the YEI website merely as a guide to assist YEI readers. We believe that the SASSA booklet is helpful and informative to YEI readers should they be thinking about whether or not to apply for a state pension.

      YEI is not able to assist with specific queries and we do suggest that you contact SASSA directly with your concerns.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

      • Lordwick
        June 5, 2018 at 11:38 am

        Am working getting R6000 a month
        So I wana know if I can register my child for grant his 1year now

  • Marilynh
    May 21, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Greetings YEI editorial team

    With regard to recent information on SASSA grants for older persons; it is worth noting that with effect from April 2016, (exact date to be confirmed) most, if not all, of the current pre-qualifying conditions for an older persons grant will fall away.

    I do hope that the contact you have established with the senior manager, communications and marketing for SASSA, Western Cape, will be able to provide vital information as and when the new policy comes into effect.

    Thanks for an excellent newsletter!
    Regards
    Charmaine French

    • Marilynh
      May 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Dear Charmaine

      Thanks for your comments and information. The Senior Manager with whom we seem to have established a relationship is pretty on the ball and we trust that when we contact her in March/April 2016 that we shall receive all updated and relevant information, which we shall bring to YEI readers’ attention.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Christa
    May 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Please keep me posted!

  • Errol
    June 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    With due respect to the latest SASSA brochure the Older persons grant is R1410 and R1430 for those 75 years and over
    Kind Regards

    Errol Theron

    • Marilynh
      June 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Dear Errol
      YEI received this 2014/2015 SASSA brochure last year – before the increase in grant this year.
      We’ll see if we can get an updated one.
      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Marjrie
    November 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    ek lees wat Petrus se maar in my geval het ek nie eiendom nie en moet sodoende huurgeld betaal . Daarom voel ek eiendom waarin die aansoeker bly is ook n bate net soos beleggings wat rente inbring of in eie huis se geval nie huurgeld betaal word nie Dalk redeneer ek verkeerd maar nie almal kan n huis bekostig nie

  • Anette Volschenk
    January 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Goeie middag

    Ek wil net graag uitvind of my ma kan kwalifiseer vir die Ouer persoon pensioen. Sy ontvang tans n pensioen van R3 200 vanaf die Spoorwee maar hierdie geld dek net haar levy, medies, telefoon, en huis versekering.

    Die huis by die aftree oord is haar eiendom en die waarde is ongeveer R400 000-00. Die huis bring ongelukkig nie n inkomste in nie en daarom is dit baie moeilik,.

    Ek sal dit baie waardeer indien my net kan laat weet of sy kan aansoek doen, en indien wel vir my die vorms stuur met die dokumente wat julle sal benodig vir die aansoek.

    • Marilynh
      January 5, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Dear Anette
      We would like to suggest that you and your mother visit your nearest SASSA local office with an enquiry such as this. This will be in your best interest to find out whether or not your mother is eligible for assistance from SASSA.
      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • wendy
    January 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I would like to knw when is the women gonna get their pension grant at age 55 yrs old as promised. They sai it would b approved by 2015. No one talks about it anymore. People die young many women and men die at young ages . Y can’t they keep their promises . Women must get pension frm 55 yrsof aged.

  • janeth lewis
    February 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Good morning,Marilyn the means test does it add the monetary amount invested or just the monthly income you receive from said investment. Thank you

    • Marilynh
      March 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Your query has been sent to SASSA for response. We will advise you should they respond.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Ms A Wright
    August 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Marilyn

    Bless you for so kindly assisting people – I hear so many problems from friends who had also applied for the state retirement grant. Is it true that
    1. one’s bank balance may not indicate funds in excess of R800 over three months’ statements?
    2. should one have any relatives in SA, they have to care for you instead?
    3. what ‘assets’ do they consider as a ‘disqualifying income’?
    4. should one have been unemployed for months (after 60 age) and am unable to find employment, would one be granted this pension?
    5. especially as one’s credit record and personal SARS (and everything) is a mess?
    6 is there a specific legitimate list of what could disqualify one, over and above one’s compliance with the ‘requirements’ on SASSA’s website?

    Best
    A

    • Marilynh
      September 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Dear Ms Wright

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Please see the answers after all your questions:

      Bless you for so kindly assisting people – I hear so many problems from friends who had also applied for the state retirement grant. Is it true that
      1. one’s bank balance may not indicate funds in excess of R800 over three months’ statements?
      The current asset threshold is R1 980 000 (married couple) and R990 000 (single person)
      2. should one have any relatives in SA, they have to care for you instead?
      No, that statement is not true. SASSA social grants are based on the applicants personal information and financial position.
      3. what ‘assets’ do they consider as a ‘disqualifying income’?
      The current asset threshold is R1 980 000 (married couple) and R990 000 (single person)
      Currently the income threshold (means test) is R5 750 per month for single person
      And R11 500 per month for married couple.
      4. should one have been unemployed for months (after 60 age) and am unable to find employment, would one be granted this pension?
      Yes, but the income and asset means test will apply to determine the qualifying monthly amount.
      5. especially as one’s credit record and personal SARS (and everything) is a mess?

      6 is there a specific legitimate list of what could disqualify one, over and above one’s compliance with the ‘requirements’ on SASSA’s website?
      No there is no other reason for disqualification, other than not complying with the requirements during the interviews with SASSA officials and submitting the documentation for the application within the timeframes set.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Rene Wittstock
    September 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    My mom had severe dementia, and is 89 years old. I’ve asked Carin from SASSA. (Pretoria)if she could arrange for some one to come here to the flat, to help my mom to get a government grant. She forwarded the email to the Germiston branch and asked then please to assist. I was emailed back to say I must take my mom there (When I asked Carin it was for both of my parents, that was abt 2-3 years ago) sadly my dad passed away recently. I cannot take my mom in, she can hardly walk I have to pull her along, I cannot leave her alone as I have to be here for her all the time and to take her out of her comfort zone, it will upset her terribly. Is there anyone who can please come and see my mom, and help her here at the flat to get the government pension. My mom really needs help as she has a lot of bills to pay for my late dad.

    • Marilynh
      October 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Dear Rene

      SASSA has responded as follows:
      We regret that we are unable to respond to specific enquiries outside of the Western Cape. Should the YEI reader live outside of the Western Cape, they need to contact their Regional Office in their area.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Vina
    September 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Please let me know what u require as I really need to apply for SASSA pension fund? Email to vinaetelvina@yahoo.com thank you! What are the requirements to qualify pleaase?! Thank you!

  • René Jardim
    September 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I went to apply for pension in Cape Town last year I turn 65 in November I will never ever go there again because the lady that helped me was so so rude We have the right to apply for pension but the questions she asked had nothing to do with the pension so I just talked out If I do decide to go I’ll go to Wynberg How much pension will I receive as I haven’t worked since 1979

    • Marilynh
      September 13, 2016 at 5:38 am

      Dear Rene

      Thank you for your comments and query. This has been sent on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      September 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      The awarding of the Older person’s grant will be determined on the financial assessment during the application process
      Yes you do have the right to apply, if you experience any problems at the SASSA office you are welcome to bring under the attention of the Office Manager at the office.

      • Bruce
        December 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Why can’t the Western Cape office be proactive and ask the respective office to respond instead of washing their hands of the suybject? I have sent numerous emails to the Gauteng office and KZN offices but no reply and nobody answers the phones. My brother is totally handicapped – paralysed and unable to communicate as a result of a severe stroke about 10 years ago. He is being cared for in afrail care home at great expense. How can you bring these matters to the attention of the respective Office Manger when phone calls and emails are ignored?

        Bruce

        • Marilynh
          December 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

          Dear Bruce

          Thanks for your enquiry. This will be sent to SASSA for response. Should they respond, the response will be posted in this forum.

          Kind regards
          Marilyn, YEI Editor

        • Marilynh
          December 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

          Dear Bruce

          SASSA has responded as follows:

          Please call 0800 600 160 for further assistance

          Kind regards
          Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      September 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      The awarding of the Older person’s grant will be determined on the financial assessment during the application process
      Yes you do have the right to apply, if you experience any problems at the SASSA office you are welcome to bring under the attention of the Office Manager at the office.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • P Dawson
    September 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Is this just for South African citizens or can a permanent resident apply?

    • Marilynh
      September 13, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Dear Pauline

      Thank you for your query. This has been sent on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      September 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Permanent residents may apply, but must produce their permanent residence certificate

    • Marilynh
      September 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Dear Pauline

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Permanent residents may apply, but must produce their permanent residence certificate

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • margaret
    September 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I read that you could withdraw the SASSA grant till the end of the month in which the person died. My mom passed away 28/08/2016 and there was still a lot of stuff of hers to pay on 31/08/2016 but the grant was already stopped by then and we couldn’t withdraw any money .
    Thanks Margaret

    • Marilynh
      September 13, 2016 at 5:36 am

      Dear Margaret

      Thank you for your query. This has been sent on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      September 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      All social grants are payable up to the end of the month in which the beneficiary dies.
      In this case above, the pension could have been withdrawn during the earlier part of August. Then no further pension is due.

      If no pension was withdrawn at all during August 2016, then the family member who paid for the funeral cost can apply at the SASSA office for “unclaimed benefits”.

      The following documents will be required
      – Death certificate and Identity Card of deceased
      – ID of claimant
      – Invoice and Receipt of funeral cost

    • Marilynh
      September 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Dear Margaret

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      All social grants are payable up to the end of the month in which the beneficiary dies.
      In this case above, the pension could have been withdrawn during the earlier part of August. Then no further pension is due.

      If no pension was withdrawn at all during August 2016, then the family member who paid for the funeral cost can apply at the SASSA office for “unclaimed benefits”.

      The following documents will be required
      – Death certificate and Identity Card of deceased
      – ID of claimant
      – Invoice and Receipt of funeral cost

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Jennifer O'Neill
    September 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I own the house I live in and my main income comes from a small flat that I rent out. I still have a small bond on it. My annual income after expenses as per my SARS tax return is R65 000 per annum. I am 71 years old and am not employed. Will I qualify for a grant?

    • Marilynh
      September 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Dear Jennifer

      We will send your query on to SASSA for response. We will upload the response once we have heard from them.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      September 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Dear Jennifer

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      The legislation of the Social Grants advises that any applicant who owns a house and lives in it, the value of the property will be captured but it will not be assessed against the application.
      If the applicant owns a house /property/flat but does NOT live in it and receives rental income the value of the property and the rental income will be assessed against the application.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Estelle Gerber
    September 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Hi ek gaan nou praat van paar jare gelede my moeder is nou 3 jaar oorlede en ek het so on geveer 3 – 5 jaar voor dit aansoek gedoen vir SASSA geld sy was n spoorweg pensioenaris Toe SASSA die eerste keer begin het, het dit in die koerante verskyn dat mense met huise nie kwalifiseer nie ‘n Mens kan nie n huis eet nie so het n jaar of so verby gegaan en gehoor iemand het aansoek gedoen wat n huis het en gekwalifiseer Het toe gegaan en al my ma se dokumente gevat en gese my ma het n huis dit is op betaalde huis en dit is haar pensioen van Spoorwee en was ver onder R2000 Sy het gekwalifiseer en het sy gekry ekstra en dit was net onder R1000 wat sy ontvang het Die ander vrou wat se sy betaal huur en vermoed dis hoekom sy kry ruim nie want jy moet nou meer betaal as wat jy verdien Jy kan tog nie jou huis eet nie en om in jou eie huis te bly is minxer onkoste vir die staat Jy kry party amptenare wat se jy kwalifiseer nie om jou af te sit van dit maar probeer weer of gaan jn na hul kantore en gesels daar met hulle Sterkte aan almal wat so sukkel

    • Marilynh
      September 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Dear Estelle

      We will send your query on to SASSA for response. We will upload the response once we have heard from them.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      September 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Dear Estelle

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      The legislation of the Social Grants advises that any applicant who owns a house and lives in it, the value of the property will be captured but it will not be assessed against the application.
      If the applicant owns a house /property/flat but does NOT live in it and receives rental income the value of the property and the rental income will be assessed against the application.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Bruce Gardner
    September 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Hi. This is about pension – I have a query about a foster care payment outstanding – can you assist me because I’ve been to Sassa Springs twice but getting no progress?

    • Marilynh
      October 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Dear Bruce

      SASSA has responded as follows:
      We regret that we are unable to respond to specific enquiries outside of the Western Cape. Should the YEI reader live outside of the Western Cape, they need to contact their Regional Office in their area.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Mrs J Poole
    October 31, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Hi I am trying to establish where my nearest SASSA offices are. I don’t have a car and will have to get a taxi. I have Osteoartritis and Osteoporosis and anxiety.I live in Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale (Randburg).

  • johan erasmus
    January 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hallo ek kry n ouderdom pens des 2016 het ek vir des en jan 2017 seker gekry daar was 3000 ek wil hoor is dit reg want toe ek 2 jan 2017 kyk toe is daar niks geld inbetaal in sassa kaart sal dit feb 2017 weer reg wees en hoekom het hul jan 2017 se geld saam des 2016 inbetaal ek isnet bekommerd hul stop my pens ouderom van sassa ek is 63 ek kry al 3 jaar die toelaat ek maak mense se tuine skoon en pas huise op die mense gee my 1000 n maand in my fnb soms is dit 2000 gaan dit n probleem wees vir my ouderom sassa asb as u kan laat weet

    • Marilynh
      January 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Dear Johan
      Your query has been sent on to SASSA for direct response.
      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      January 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Dear Johan

      SASSA has responded to your query as follows:

      Please contact the nearest SASSA office for help on the enquiry

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Tebogo
    March 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I just lost my mother on the 24th of Feb 2017.and the automatic lapse on her payout applied for the same month.what do I need to do to claim funeral cost from sassa for the month of her passing.

    • Marilynh
      March 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Dear Tebogo

      Your query has been sent on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      March 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Dear Tebogo

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      It is legislated that all grants/pensions are only paid up to the month with the beneficiary dies. The enquire if there is any balance available please visit the SASSA office to apply for unclaimed benefits..

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • L J du Toit
    March 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Pension not paid on 1 st March. Contact numbers just ring for 15 min plus then a auto disconnect. Do I have to go into a office and wast a day or to to find out why?

    • Marilynh
      March 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Dear Mr/Ms du Toit

      Your query has been sent on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      March 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Dear Mr/Ms du Toit

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Please contact the following number 0800 600 160 or visit a SASSA office.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Gerda
    March 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Ek en my eggenoot is in 1979 op Huweliksvoorwaarde getroud. (buite gemeenskap van goedere) Hy ontvang n maandelikse pensioen ek het geen inkomste nie. Ek is 68 jaar oud, kwalifiseer ek vir n maandelikse staatspensioen.

  • Jolene Botha
    May 3, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Good day,

    My grandmother passed away on the 21st of April, how do we cancel her pension grants? Is it possible to do it electronically or must we go to the Sassa offices? Also she lived in Mpumalanga and we live in North West can we do it in our hometown in North West or should it be done in her hometown?
    Thank you in advance

    • Marilynh
      May 14, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Dear Jolene

      Your query has been passed on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      June 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Dear Jolene

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Kindly forward a copy of the death certificate to Grantsenquiriesmp@sassa.gov.za

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Maurice Pirzenthal
    May 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    This 77year old lady who has a sassa card is earning R20000 pm from working flea markets, receives R3400 per month from me, R3317. 67 interest from one of her 7 accounts, other accounts hold R91 000, R32 000 and R28 000. ,possibly gets a UK pension, possibly has more than 1000 000 in her various accounts, owns a R80 000 car.
    I have tried to email the fraud department but it keeps failing. Can anything be done?

    • Marilynh
      May 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Dear Maurice

      Your enquiry has been to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      June 6, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Dear Maurice, SASSA has replied as follows “Kindly email the details of the person (name and address, contact number to the following email address:
      Grantsenquiries@sassa.gov.za

      Kind regards
      Angela

  • Gert Rautenbach
    May 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    My mother has servere diabetes that is about 60% under control. She doesnt have much work experience as she is not computer literate. I know work is hard to find but she is adamant to look for work, however I cannot let her do it because her sugar levels drop unexpectedly which causes a high danger to her is nobody notices or if she herswlf ia not aware of it it can cause her to fall into a coma or go into shock. With this factor would she be able to apply for a grant with Sassa even though she is below the age of 60

    • Marilynh
      May 14, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Dear Gert

      Thank you for your query. We will put this to SASSA and will upload their response, once received.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      June 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Dear Gert
      Sassa has come back with a reply which is as follows “Yes she may apply for the Disability Grant at the nearest SASSA office. The awarding of the grant will depend on the medical outcome completed by the appointed SASSA doctor. She will also have to comply with the administrative criteria.”

      Hope this helps

      Kind regards
      Angela

  • Abigail
    June 7, 2017 at 10:19 am

    My mom is a 74 year old retired teacher about 13 years ago and a widower can she apply for old pension fund she does not receive any form of income

    • Marilynh
      June 9, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Dear Abigail, we will pass this query on to SASSA and they will be able to advise as to the correct procedures and documents needed to be able to apply for an old age pension in South Africa.
      Angela-YEI

      • Marilynh
        June 12, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Dear Abigail

        SASSA has responded as follows:

        Your mom can apply for the Older Person’s grant at the nearest SASSA office

        Kind regards
        Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Shirley
    June 12, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I applied for the Older Person’s Grant when I turned 60 which was three years ago. When I went to the SASSA office to apply, one of the things I was told to provide was a breakdown with affidavits stating how maintenance for my children was spent. How is that relevant to the Older Person’s Grant when my children are adults in their thirties now, it’s impossible to give that information. It was a dehumanizing experience and I am still trying to get the courage to go back and apply and am struggling as a result.

    • Marilynh
      June 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Dear Shirley

      Your query has been passed on to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

  • liezel
    June 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Good Day,

    My dad recently passed away and gets a old age pension. How does my mom cancel this? and is this months funds still available for her?

  • Magda
    August 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Help asb.Moet ouderdoms sassa pensioenarisse elke jaar hul sassa hernu of kry hul pensioen tot en met hul afsterwe.Baie danki

  • Anneke
    August 14, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Goeie dag

    Betaal Sassa ‘n bedrag uit vir begrafnis as iemand oorlede is?

  • Sonja Kleinschmidt
    September 19, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Ek wil ook graag weet of die SASSA kaart jaarliks hernu moet. My ma se kaart verval Desember.

    My broer was by Sassa se kantoor en volgens hom het hulle gese dit is nie nodig om die kaart te hernu nie. Kan iemand asb vir ons meer duidelikheid gee want my ma is 83 jaar oud en sy stres elke dag oor haar kaart wat hernu moet word.

  • Sandra Edgecome
    September 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

    What do I do as my Sassa card expires Dec 2017??????????

  • Abigail
    September 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you

  • Mandi
    October 8, 2017 at 1:54 am

    What is the funeral cover worth that is being deducted from the Sassa old age grant?

    • Marilynh
      October 12, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Dear Mandi

      I regret that SASSA is no longer responding to queries from YEI readers. A great shame, as it was a fabulous service for a while from SASSA – I suspect they no loner have the capacity to answer queries.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

  • Elsabé van Eeden
    December 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Ek is 66 jaar oud en getroud, (buite gemeenskap van goedere) my man het ‘n inkomste uit belegging. Ek het laas in 1986 gewerk en het dus nie ‘n inkomste nie. Kwalifiseer ek dalk vir die “social grant” soos dit bekend staan?

    • Marilynh
      December 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Dear Elsabe

      Thanks for your enquiry. This will be sent to SASSA for response. Should they respond, the response will be posted in this forum.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

    • Marilynh
      December 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Dear Elsabe

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Bel asseblief 0800 60 10 11 om te vra waar die naaste SASSA kantoor is om verdere navraag by hulle te doen.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Hennie
    February 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Dear Marilyn

    There is something regarding the means test (for Old Age Grants) that’s not clear to me.

    “A married person’s joint income with his/her spouse should not be more than R 147 600.00 per year,
    or R 12 300.00 per month.”

    Our (my wife and I) joint monthly income is R 8 685,65 (annual R 104 227,80). Our joint SASSA allocation is R1 672.92 per month, therefore all income adds up to R10 358.57 per month.

    My understanding was that joint income (monthly income + SASSA) shouldn’t exceed R12 300.00 per month.

    • Marilynh
      February 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Dear Hennie

      Your query will be sent to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

    • Marilynh
      February 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Dear Hennie

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      The awarding of an Older Person’s Grant, after the income assessment, is based on a Sliding Scale. Therefore any applicant in receipt of an income will receive a pro-rata social grant.
      Hope this will assist you.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

  • R. Evans
    February 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    My husband and I are going through a divorce. We have been separated for 2 years. He pays R5200 rent for my flat and gives me R5000 allowance per month. Can I apply for a state grant and if so what documents do I need. Thanks.

    • Marilynh
      February 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Dear Ms Evans

      Your query has been sent to SASSA for response.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn

  • Pammy
    March 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

    My mother is a retired teacher(single) and is still paying the bond for her house . Her monthly expenses are more than what she’s getting per month. As a result, she’s struggling to keep up with most of her payments. She receives about R7000 per month and her assets are worth less than R750000. Can she still apply?

    • Marilynh
      April 11, 2018 at 5:55 am

      Dear Pammy

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Kindly contact the nearest SASSA office on call 0800 60 10 11 to enquire on the updated Asset and Income Threshold.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • Shafieka Jacobs
    March 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    My father passed away 11Feb 2018 two weeks before his passing Sassa promise my mom to come take his finger prints at the hospital they never came.We went to Sassa the 13 Feb was told the money wasnt draw must submit paperwork have to return on 1 March.On the 1 March Sassa system was offline , was given a number to phone , when I phone they transfer me to a answering machine .Return to them again on Friday suppose to be qry day was told to come back Monday 26 March

    • Marilynh
      April 11, 2018 at 5:53 am

      Dear Shafieka

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      Kindly contact the following number 0800600160 and request them to send you a bank statement to verify the withdrawal.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • lisa
    March 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I would like someone to verify for me the sassa funeral benefit for the elderky, my gran oassed away 2 days ago she was 84 years old we are trully battling with the funeral arrangements..Does anyone know if theres a benegit from sassa we can get?

    • Marilynh
      April 11, 2018 at 5:52 am

      Dear Lisa

      SASSA has responded as follows:

      SASSA does not assist with funds for funeral arrangements.

      Kind regards
      Marilyn, YEI Editor

  • H.Gray
    May 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Could someone please tell me why SASSA are either off line , short staffed, or closing early due to Public Holidays.

    I have heard all these, not to mention being given the run around for certified letters. To the point one either gets frustrated wasting money on transport they can not really afford in the first place. Not to mention finally being told ” you do not live in this area so must go to your SASSA Office.” I didn’t realise one had to go to a certain Government Office. After all one can renew drivers licences ,get new ID Books from any Gov Office. Any reason as to why SASSA is different.

    Having worked and paid taxes is it only right that when we get older we are treated with a little dignity and understanding when we fall on hard times and require help.
    A lot of Pensioners I’m sure if they could wouldn’t claim due to what they emotionally and embarrassingly go through .
    I fully understand the staff no doubt have a lot to deal with and have bad days but please ,it costs nothing to smile , be polite and helpful. Try it you might be suprised at the response you get back.

    So Onwards and Upwards I will continue with my quest of hopefully one day actually getting as far as being able to fill the form in and have my finger prints taken as stipulated.
    Not a happy pensioner who hadn’t planned having to make so many trips to just try and register for OLDER – PERSONS- GRANT.

  • MYMOENA LEUKES
    May 10, 2018 at 10:44 am

    good day my name is mymoena and my dad of 59 is living with me in february 2018 my dad had a massive heart attack but recovered but his health is not so good he gets tired easily and loses breath very quick he did odd jobs to support his teenage daughter but now there is currently no income to support her and him i try helping but i am also living on a day to day basis my sister is only 14years old is there any way that Sassa could assist in a disability or a earlier old age pension please assist

  • Sylvia
    May 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    What is the ‘means test’ ?

    • Louise
      May 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      They look at your assets/income to see if you qualify for pension.

      • Sylvia
        May 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm

        Thank you Louise I thought so…

  • Bruce Gardner
    May 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I am a pensioner . My wife and I have five foster children. Our latest child is two and its taken several months to get him registered and the court order completed. For me to apply for a foster Grant for him I have to take him tobthe Sassa office with me since 1st April ( new ruling) so that he can be ginger printed immediately. Previously one could complete all the paper work first then return with the child for finalization and finger printing . It’s extremely difficult to sit at Sassa for five hours or more with a two-year old child. Last week I was 35th in the que and it was a nightmare so I left. What can be done to make this possible?

  • Ray
    May 25, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Hi Marilyn
    I need to contact an Ombudsman for SASSA, experiencing problems with my social Grant [not been paid for 2 months via EFT]
    Appreciate your assistance

    Thanks

  • Sharleen
    June 11, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Hi would like to no if my husband and i are eligible for sassa pension, I no longer work and am 60 years old my husband also stopped due to I’ll health he receives a pension of R7000 per mth. We only own a empty plot valued at 220 000. My daughter is going to build a small wendy house on this plot for us.

  • Notozamile
    September 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Hi my name is Notozamile Vusani I am 62 years old I have a problem when I draw money from Atm I receive slip saying my pin is incorrect so what must I do

  • Funeka Nzuzo
    September 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hi my name is Notozamile Nzuzo I am 63 years of age I have a problem with my sassa card when I draw money from Atm it say incorrect pin but I never change my pin

  • Lois Bruce
    September 12, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Hi. My brother who was a mental patient at Gordonia for 38 years was on a SASSA disability and then went onto SASSA old age pension. He passed away at the age of 73 on the 2nd September 2018. Does he qualify for any funeral benefits from SASSA. He had a small funeral policy of R5000. The cremation will cost R10 000. The family is struggling to put the other cost together. Thank you

  • Jurie
    September 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    What is the maximum income limit per annum to still get a full elderly pension.

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