If you’re over the age of 60 and receive the government grant, you may wonder when you need to reapply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant? In this difficult time of year for the aged, it’s important that you plan ahead and are aware of all the requirements and when you need reapply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant.
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According to Gov.za, the SASSA Old Person’s Grant (formerly Old Age Pension) is an initiative run by government to see elders through their golden years. But if you’re already on the government pension, do you ever need to reapply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant?
REAPPLY FOR A SASSA OLD PERSON’S GRANT
As we’ve explained before, you cannot apply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant online, the process has to take place at a SASSA branch in person. This is so the South African Social Security Agency staff can assist you with every aspect of the application. Including the means test.
If you or an elderly loved one is eligible for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant, click the relevant links below to find a SASSA branch nearest you:
WHO QUALIFIES FOR AN OLD PERSON’S GRANT
You’re almost certainly aware of these but here’s a recap of the requirements for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant anyway:
- You must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
- Live permenantly in South Africa.
- Don’t receive any other social grant from the government.
- You cannot be cared for in a state institution.
- You must earn less than R86 280 annually (R7 190 per month) if you are single.
- If married, you must not earn more than R172 560 annually (R14 380 per month).
- You’re net assets cannot be worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if married.
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Now, onto the main question we’re here to answer. Do you ever have to reapply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant? Thankfully the answer is NO. If you apply and that application is successful, congratulations, you will not have to reapply for a SASSA Old Person’s Grant for the foreseeable future.
However, according to Gov.za, your grant may occasionally be reviewed to check that you still qualify. This is to ensure people don’t take advantage of the system and take pensions away from those who desperately need them.
SASSA does have the right to decide if your grant is reviewed. Thankfully, you will be notified three months in advance of the date of the review. Another reason for regular reviews is a Confirmation of Life Certificate (proof that you have not passed away).
This begs the question, if your SASSA Old Person’s Grant can be reviewed, what can it lapse or be suspended for? The obvious ones are, sadly, if you or your elderly loved one passes away. Secondly, if they are admitted to a state institution. Thirdly, if they do not claim the Old Person’s Grant for three consecutive months.
Beyond that, your grant can be suspended if:
- Circumstances change and you’re earning more money.
- If you fail to co-operate with a SASSA official while under review.
- You commit fraud and misrepresent yourself in the application.
- Should you be absent from the country.
A reminder, SASSA Old Person’s Grants have recently increased. According to sources, as of 1 October 2023, they are the following:
- Older Person’s Grant (under 75 years): R2 090 per month
- Older Person’s Grant (older than 75 years): R2 110 per month
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