Last updated: 08/3/2024

Programme Details

Targeting and eligiblity

Target groups
Persons who have a physical or mental disability which makes them unfit to work for a period of longer than six months.
Eligibility criteria
(i) Be a South African citizen or permanent resident or refugee and living in South Africa at the time of application (ii) Be between 18 and 59 years old (iii) Not be cared for in a state institution (iv) Have a 13-digit, bar-coded identity document (ID) (v) Not earn more than R86 280 if they are single or R172 560 if married. (vi) Not have assets worth more than R1 227 600 if they are single or R2 455 200 if they are married (vii) Undergo a medical examination where a doctor appointed by the state will assess the degree of their disability (viii) Bring along any previous medical records and reports when they make the application and when the assessment is done.

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
Up to R 2090 (this is the amouns as of 1 October 2023 – amounts are subject to change in April and October every year)
(i) Government of South Africa. n.d. “Disability grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 27 October 2023. Accessible: (ii) Bursaries website, 2023, SASSA Payment Dates for 2023 and 2024. Accessed 26 October 2023. Accessible:,and%20how%20to%20apply%20here
Benefit delivery mechanism
(i) Cash at a specific pay point on a particular day (ii) Electronic deposit into their bank account, including Postbank (iii) An institution not funded by the State – e.g. home for people with disabilities..
Benefit recipients
Persons who have a physical or mental disability which makes them unfit to work for a period of longer than six months.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The permanent disability grant is for persons whose disability will continue for longer than 1 year, while the temporary disability grant is for people whose disability will continue for between 6 and 12 months. The grant will lapse when the beneficiary passes away, is admitted to a state institution, does not claim for three consecutive months, or is absent from the country.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Social assistance baseline indicators are set every five years in the national strategy and implemented through the Annual Performance Plans. There is a monitoring framework embedded in the five year strategies and the annual performance plans, but there is not an integrated monitoring and evaluation system at national/local levels.
Legal Framework
Parliamentary Budget Office. 2021. Social grant performance as at end March 20/21. Accessed: 2 November 2023. Accessible:
Social Grant Payment System (SOCPEN) is mainly used for: (i) processing applications for the old age, disability, war veterans, child support, foster child and care dependency grants, (ii) generating a pay file monthly for the approximately 17 million grants and (iii) automatically producing a list of beneficiaries due to be reassessed.