Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To assist South African citizens with disabilities who cannot support themselves.

References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Disability grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/disability-grant>.
Start date
2004
References
1946 (first legislation), 2004 (current legislation). Reference: US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Coverage
1,098,018 beneficiaries (2015)
Programme expenditure
ZAR18.95 billion (2015/16 budget)

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
US Social Security Administration. 2013. Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Africa, 2013. Washington, DC: SSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ ssptw/2012-2013/africa/ssptw13africa.pdf>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
People living with disabilities
Eligibility criteria
For South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees aged 18–59, who are considered disabled (according to a medical or assessment report, which is not older than three months), with an annual income of less than ZAR65,160 and assets of no more than ZAR937,200 per person (or a combined income of ZAR130,320and assets of ZAR1,874,400 for couples). Disability must be medically confirmed. The beneficiary may not be resident in a State institution.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is responsible for reviewing eligibility criteria, such as the declared income of the beneficiary.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Disability grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/disability-grant>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
Up to ZAR1,420
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Disability grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/disability-grant>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Grants are paid by SASSA through the following methods: • pay points; • automated teller machines (ATMs); or • contracted merchant stores.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The temporary disability duration is not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months. Permanent disability is for a period of more than 12 months. A beneficiary who has a permanent disability may receive the grant from the age of 18 until their 60th birthday, at which point the grant is converted into the Older Persons Grant.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
SASSA is responsible for monitoring this grant.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Disability grant.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/disability-grant>.