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Applying for a social grant? Here what you need to know

By admin
14 September 2013

Many people in South Africa rely on social grants. Because the yearly increase makes such a difference in people’s lives, they await the annual budget speech with great anticipation. Not everyone who needs financial assistance knows how to apply for a social grant. Move! gives you tips on who qualifies for a grant, and how to apply for what you are entitled to.

  What is a social grant? A social grant is an amount of money that is given by the government via the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to people who are in need of financial assistance, and who qualify for this help.  

Types of grant

Child-support grant: There’s nothing worse than not being able to care for your child. This is why there is a child-support grant so that no child will go hungry. A child-support grant is given to help take care of children under the age of 15. In order to qualify, you must be a South African citizen or permanent resident, and the principal caregiver of the child. You have to pass the means test, whereby your assets are evaluated to see if you qualify for the grant. The child must not be cared for in any government institution.

Care-dependency grant: You receive the care-dependencygrant if your child has a disability. Thechild must be under the age of 18 inorder for you to quality for this grant.It’s necessary to takethe child to a state-appointed doctorin order to have him or her assessed,and to get official confirmation that the child has a disability. In order to qualify, the child must not be permanently cared for in a government institution.

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