Last updated: 08/3/2024

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To support 60 years of age or older South African citizens, legal permanent residents, and refugees who cannot support themselves.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
The applicants must (i) be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee, (ii) live in South Africa, (iii) not receive any other social grant for themselves, (iv) not be cared for in a state institution, (v) not earn more than R86 280 if they are single or R172 560 if they are married and (vi) not have assets worth more than 1 227 600 if they are single or R2 455 200 if they are married.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
The following may result in the suspension of your grant: (i) when the beneficiary circumstances change, (ii) the outcome of a review, (iii) if the beneficiary fail to co-operate when their grant is reviewed, when the beneficiary commits fraud or misrepresent themselves, (iv) if there was a mistake when the grant grant was approved.

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
Up to R 2,090; R 2,110 (age 75+). These payment amounts are the current amounts as of 1 October 2023 (amounts are subject to change in April and October every year)
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Benefit delivery mechanism
(i) Cash at a specific pay point on a particular day (ii) Electronic deposit into your bank or Postbank account (the bank may charge you for the service), (iii) Institutions (e.g. old age home).
Benefit recipients
Themselves/ If they are unable to collect the money yourself, they can appoint a procurator at the South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) office, or give someone power of attorney to collect the grant on their behalf.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The grant lapses when the beneficiary (i) passes away, (ii) is admitted to a state institution, (iii) does not claim for three consecutive months, (iv) 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.
The information system used to manage the social grants is called the Social Grant Payment System (SOCPEN) and 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.