The Disability Grant is provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to help those with disabilities cover the basic costs of living. If you are interested in applying for the social grant, please note that applications take place on specific days at SASSA's offices.
Visit your nearest SASSA office to apply for the Disability Grant. Their offices will be open on Fridays to assist you with your application.
If on that day you do not feel well enough to travel, a family member or friend may apply on your behalf. All they need is a written letter by you, authorising the application.
To be eligible for the Disability Grant, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- You need to be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
- You need to reside in South Africa.
- You need to be 18 to 59 years of age.
- You need to submit a medical / assessment report confirming permanent, severe disability.
- Your medical assessment must not be older than 3 months at the date of application.
- You and your spouse need to meet the requirements of the means test.
- You can not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution.
- You can not receive another social grant.
When you arrive at the SASSA office to apply, be sure to bring along the following:
- Your South African identity document (ID), which must be bar-coded.
- Your salary slip, bank statements for 3 months, or pension slips, and any other proof of income.
- If you’re unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card – "blue book" – or a discharge certificate from your previous employer.
- Proof of your medical assessment.
- You do not need any money to apply.
Your application will be completed at the SASSA offices. Once your application is completed, you will receive a receipt and you will need to keep it safe since it is your proof of application.
If your application is denied, you should be given the details in writing. You are welcome to request that SASSA reconsiders your application, within 90 days of receiving the outcome. If they still do not approve your application, you may appeal to the Minister of Social Development.