The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a national agency of the government which distributes social grants on behalf of the Department of Social Development.
These social grants are provided to help improve South African citizens' standards of living, and are given to people who are vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support, which include older people, people with disabilities, and people with young children.
To be able to apply for a social grant online, all applicants need to be South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees living in South Africa. They will also need to have registered their own Sassa account.
To register an online Sassa account, follow these steps:
- Go to the Sassa Services Portal
- Click on 'Register' under 'Register New Account'
- Click 'I Agree' when the prompt for South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) & Cookie Consent appears
- Click 'Apply'
- Fill out the user registration
- Provide your personal details such as your name, surname, ID number etc.
- Provide an email address as well as your phone number.(make sure that your contact details are updated and you use them regularly as you may receive communication from Sassa on it)
- Provide a password, which you will make use of when signing into your Sassa account.
Once you have registered an online SASSA account you will be able to sign into it and apply for grants.
You can also use the same services page to access grant information and apply for a grant once your registration is complete.