Who Qualifies For SASSA's Disability Grant?

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Are you considering applying for the Sassa Disability Grant but you're not sure whether or not you qualify? We have all the information you need to assess whether or not you are eligible for this grant.


The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been issuing necessary grants for disadvantaged South African citizens or almost two decades. One such grant is the Disability Grant, dedicated to poor citizens living with mental and physical disabilities. 

Applicants for the Disability Grant will need to follow certain criteria to confirm whether or not they will be eligible to receive the grant. If their grant is successful, they can receive up to R2 080 per month.

Before even applying for the grant, the applicant needs to go for a medical assessment. For this, they will need to download the Medical Assessment: Referral Form here, and then take it to a medical institution to be filled in.

Only once the medical assessment results are received, will the applicant know whether they will be able to apply for the disability grant.

To qualify for the grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
  • Be resident in South Africa.
  • Be 18 to 59 years of age.
  • Submit a medical / assessment report confirming permanent, severe disability.
  • Provide a medical assessment that is not older than 3 months at date of application.
  • Meet the requirements of the means test (including spouse), which requires that the beneficiary not earn over R86 280 if single, or R172 560 if married.
  • Not be maintained or cared for in a State Institution.
  • Not be in receipt of another social grant in respect of him or herself.

Find more information regarding the Sassa disability grant here.

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Sassa provides financial relief to poor and vulnerable South Africans. To access this financial relief, beneficiaries will often be required to fill out forms so that their application can be complete, or if they want to request to change something.  


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