If you're a SASSA beneficiary and your Care Dependency or Temporary Disability Grants has lapsed, should your situation not have changed and you remain unemployed, you are then encouraged to reapply.
The grants were supposed to lapse on 1 February 2020, but due to COVID-19, Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, decided to extend them to 31 December 2020.
If you've received letters, you should visit the nearest SASSA office as of 5 January 2021 to reapply for the lapsed grants. Be sure to bring clinical records concerning the medical conditions of applicants when applying.
Beneficiaries must also take note that this will be a new application, as temporary grants are given for a specific period and as such, when they lapse, the beneficiaries must start the process of applying again at the nearest SASSA office.
After applications are submitted, they are then referred to a SASSA contracted medical doctor to confirm the medical status of the applicant. The doctor can then either confirm disability or deny it.
“In the same vein, the disability may be permanent or temporary, based on medical assessment,” SASSA spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Senzeni Ngubeni said.
Temporary Disability grants and Care Dependency grants that lapsed from 01 February were extended to 31 December 2020. These grants are for children who turned 18 years in the period from February to December 2020.
On the other hands, appeals for the R350 grant which were made during the extension period, Novemeber 2020 to January 2021, should be lodged before or on the 28th of February 2021.
For more information, you can contact the SASSA customer care toll free number on 0800 60 10 11 or 013 754 9439/9428/54 from 8am – 4pm from Monday – Friday.