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Avoiding Exclusion from SASSA Old-Age Grants in May 2024

As the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) prepares to disburse Older Person stipends on Friday, May 3, 2024, it’s crucial to understand how to prevent exclusion from these grants. Recent amendments by the Department of Social Development (DSD) regarding irregular payments necessitate vigilance to ensure eligibility for SASSA old-age grants. Here’s a breakdown of factors that could lead to exclusion and how to avoid them:

Clarification on 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid and Eligibility

Reasons for Exclusion from SASSA Old-Age Grants

Alongside the increases in April’s old-age SASSA grants, the agency has introduced regulations aimed at recovering payments made to ineligible individuals. Therefore, applicants must ensure the accuracy and integrity of their applications to receive a SASSA old-age pension.

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Key Criteria for Eligibility

To ensure receipt of the grant amounting to R2,180 (for individuals aged 60) and R2,200 (for those over 75) on May 3, 2024, adherence to the following criteria is essential:

  1. Residency Requirement: Permanent residence in South Africa is mandatory. Notify authorities if relocating outside the country.

  2. State Care Institution: Moving into a state care institution renders one ineligible for financial assistance.

  3. Single Grant Policy: Only one SASSA grant may be received at a time. Receiving payments from another social grant, such as Older Persons and War Veterans or Disability, will disqualify applicants.

  4. Financial Status: Ensure compliance with income and asset thresholds:

    • Annual income not exceeding R86,280 (R7,190 per month) for single individuals.
    • Annual income not exceeding R172,560 (R14,380 per month) for married individuals.
    • Asset limits of R1,227,600 for singles and R2,455,200 for married individuals.
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Notification and Appeal Process

In the event of exclusion from SASSA old-age grants, the agency must provide written notification, allowing for an appeal process through the Department of Social Development. Applicants have the right to appeal within 90 days of exclusion using the provided forms.

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Scheduled Payment Dates for 2024

Recipients should mark their calendars with the following payment dates for the remainder of 2024 to ensure timely receipt of SASSA pension payments:

  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024
  • Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2024
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2024
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By understanding and meeting these criteria, individuals can safeguard their eligibility for SASSA old-age grants and ensure continued financial support.

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