Who Qualifies for the SASSA Disability Grant 2023?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides disability grants to eligible citizens who are unable to work due to medical impairments. If you have a disability that prevents you from being employed, you may qualify for the SASSA disability grant of up to R1,980 per month. This essential financial aid can help you cover daily living expenses.

To receive the SASSA disability grant in 2023, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Citizenship and Residency Requirements

Only South African citizens, permanent residents and refugees can apply for the disability grant. You must submit your green, barcoded ID book, ID smartcard or refugee permit as proof of identification and citizenship/residency status.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident, you will not qualify even if you have a disability. Applicants must also reside in South Africa to receive the monthly payments.

Age Limit

You need to be between 18 and 59 years old to get the disability grant. Payments will stop when you turn 60 and you will then qualify for the old age pension instead. If you developed a disability before 18, you can apply when you turn 18.

Submit a Medical Assessment Report

To prove your disability, you must be assessed by a medical doctor and get a report confirming your condition. This needs to be a permanent, severe disability that stops you from being employed. Examples include visual or hearing impairment, mental illness, epilepsy, amputation, stroke, etc.

The doctor will complete a specific SASSA assessment form that categorizes your disability level as either moderate, severe or profound. You need a severe rating to qualify for the grant.

Your medical report cannot be more than 3 months old at the time you apply. SASSA may also send you for a second assessment by one of their doctors to confirm the disability.

Pass the Means Test

Like other SASSA grants, you need to pass the means test to get the disability grant. This checks if your income falls below the set threshold based on marital status.

In 2023, the income limit is R58,590 per year if you are single. For married couples, it is R117,180 per year combined. So even if you are disabled, you may not qualify if your household earns above the means test threshold.

Cannot Be in an Institution

If you are being cared for in a state institution like a hospital, treatment center, home for the aged etc., you cannot receive the disability grant. This rule applies even if you meet all the other criteria.

But if you are living at home or independently and just getting periodic treatment, you may still qualify. The key is that SASSA should not be paying for your full-time care in an institution through taxpayer funds.

Not Receiving Another Grant

A key eligibility rule is that you must not already be receiving another social grant from SASSA for yourself. For example, you cannot get the disability grant if you currently get the old age pension.

But your spouse can apply for other grants like the child support grant for any children you may have. The only limitation is on receiving multiple grants for yourself from SASSA.

How to Apply for the Disability Grant?

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for the disability grant:

  1. Gather your medical records, ID, and income statements.
  2. Get your doctor to assess your disability and complete the SASSA assessment form.
  3. Complete the disability grant application form.
  4. Submit the application with supporting documents at your nearest SASSA office.
  5. Attend any required interviews with SASSA agents.
  6. If approved, you will receive an SMS and can collect your SASSA card.
  7. You will receive your first payment in the month after approval.

When Are Payments Made?

Disability grant payments are made on the 3rd day of each month. The money will be deposited into your SASSA card account that you can use to access cash, pay bills, etc.

As long as you remain eligible, payments will continue monthly until you reach the age cut-off at 60 years old. You need to reapply annually for reassessment of your disability status.

How Much Is the Disability Grant in 2023?

There are two possible disability grant amounts you may qualify for:

  • R1,980 per month – For individuals with severe disabilities who require full-time care or support. This is the maximum amount payable.
  • R1,510 per month – For individuals with moderate disabilities who can still take care of some of their daily needs.

The doctor’s assessment of your disability level will determine which amount you receive. In cases where your disability level changes, the grant amount can be adjusted accordingly.

Can You Work and Still Get the Grant?

Yes, in some cases. The disability grant aims to support your basic living costs if you cannot work to fully provide for yourself. But you may still be able to do some form of part-time or low-income work.

If you have alternate sources of income, SASSA will take that into consideration during assessments and for the means test. Be sure to disclose any earnings, and they may adjust the grant amount based on your total income.

Completely depriving disabled citizens of income sources would further marginalize them. So the disability grant enables some work while providing supplementary income where needed.


The SASSA disability grant provides a vital lifeline if you cannot work and earn an income due to a permanent physical, mental, sensory or chronic health condition. Citizens between 18 and 59 years old who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for monthly financial aid. This can help cover daily living costs and ease the economic constraints of disability. Ensure you understand the requirements, gather the right documents and submit your complete application to access this essential support.

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