Social grants are means tested

2017-06-08 06:00

THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) would like to bring to the attention of the public the fact that social grants are means tested.

Our policy states clearly that a person only qualifies to receive a grant if he or she passes the means test.

In South Africa, social assistance is subject to means testing, which implies that Sassa evaluates the income and assets of the person applying for social assistance in order to determine whether that person’s means are below a stipulated amount.

The means test is a way of determining whether a person qualifies to receive a grant as social grants are for those who have insufficient means to support themselves.

It must be stated that all social grants, including the disability grant, war veteran’s grant, child support grant and care dependency grant, are means tested, with the exception of the foster child grant.

The means test varies from one grant type to another.

For instance, the child support grant threshold is a single parent’s income per month should not exceed R3 800 and a married couple’s income should not exceed R7 600 per month.

The older person grant (old-age pension) and disability grant means test threshold includes assets that must not exceed R1 056 000 for a single person and R2 112 000 for a married couple.

The income for a single person must not exceed R6 150 per month and R12 300 (married).

It must be noted that working does not necessarily disqualify you from receiving a social grant.

We urge members of the public to go to the nearest Sassa offices to check if they qualify.

We also call upon all those who are already the recipient of a social grant but have since found employment to notify us because that will translate to their means having changed.

This will prevent legal action being taken against them.


Sassa senior manager

communications and marketing



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