Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide for social-grant recipients (older persons, persons with a disability, war veterans) who require regular attendance by another person.

Start date
2004
References
This grant is regulated by the legal framework established in the Social Assistance Act of 2004. Reference: Republic of South Africa. 2004. Government Gazette, Vol. 468 - Cape Town, 10 June 2004, No. 26446. Cape Town: Western Cape Government. Accessed 11 November 2015. <https://www.westerncape.gov.za/ assets/departments/social-development/social_assistance_act_no_13_of_20041.pdf>.
Coverage
119,541 beneficiaries (2015)
References
South African Social Security Agency. 2015. Fact sheet: Issue no 6 of 2015 – 30 June 2015. Pretoria: SASSA. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.sassa.gov.za/index.php/knowledge-centre/statistical-reports>.
Programme expenditure
ZAR274.2 million (estimated expenditure for 2015/16)
References
National Treasury, Republic of South Africa. 2015. Estimates of National Expenditure - 2015 - Abridged version. Pretoria: National Treasury. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.treasury.gov.za/documents/national%20budget/2015/ene/FullENE.pdf>.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Elderly people and people living with disabilities
Eligibility criteria
Beneficiaries must already be the recipient of the Disability Grant, the War Veterans’ Grant or the Older Persons’ Grant and must require regular assistance from someone else and not be cared for in a state institution.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
This grant may be reviewed when the social grant to which it is attached is reviewed.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Grant in aid.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/grant-aid>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Grant in aid.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/grant-aid>.
Amount of benefits
ZAR330
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Grant in aid.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/grant-aid>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Grant in aid.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/grant-aid>.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), using a privatised payment contractor, pays the grant into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts, which can be withdrawn at designated pay points, contracted merchant stores or automatic teller machines (ATMs).
Benefit recipients
If beneficiaries are unable to collect the benefit themselves, a proxy may be appointed at the SASSA office.
References
Government of South Africa. 2015. “Grant in aid.” Government of South Africa website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.gov.za/services/social-benefits/grant-aid>.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Payable until the beneficiary passes away.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
SASSA administers the grant. Its monitoring and evaluation branch produces monthly statistical reports of all its social grants, indicating the number of beneficiaries per region.
References
National Treasury, Republic of South Africa. 2015. Estimates of National Expenditure - 2015 - Abridged version. Pretoria: National Treasury. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.treasury.gov.za/documents/national%20budget/2015/ene/FullENE.pdf>. South African Social Security Agency. n.d. “Statistical Reports.” SASSA website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.sassa.gov.za/index.php/statistical-reports>.