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Navigating the 2024 SASSA Asset and Means Test

Navigating the 2024 SASSA Asset and Means Test

With the recent disbursement of South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grants and anticipation building for the coming months, attention has turned to the intricacies of the 2024 SASSA asset and means test. Since the announcement of using facial recognition technology to combat fraudulent behavior in the SRD program, there’s been a surge in inquiries. Among these, a reader, preferring anonymity, raised concerns about understanding the calculation of these tests.

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Challenges in Reaching SASSA

Many complainants express frustration at the difficulty of reaching anyone at SASSA offices. Unanswered phone calls and long queues for in-person visits hinder individuals from seeking assistance or resolving issues. This lack of accessibility raises concerns, especially for citizens, particularly elderly pensioners, who have diligently contributed to the country throughout their lives.

Identifying Income Sources

A key issue surrounding the 2024 SASSA asset and means test revolves around what constitutes income and assets. SASSA’s definition of income includes various sources that individuals might not consider as monthly earnings, potentially pushing them over the threshold. These sources include private pension funds, earnings from work or business ventures, financial assistance from acquaintances reflected in bank accounts, rental income, maintenance payments, and compensation from entities like UIF, RAF, or COIDA.

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Understanding Deductions

Before calculating income for the means test, certain deductions are standardly applied, such as payments towards UIF, medical aid expenses, SARS income tax, and contributions to retirement plans, annuities, or pension funds.

Maximum Allowable Income Per Grant

The income thresholds for each SASSA grant determine eligibility. Exceeding these figures renders individuals ineligible for government assistance, emphasizing the aim to support those in most need.

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Asset Limitations

Similarly, asset thresholds are set for each grant. Individuals with assets exceeding these limits are not eligible for government grants, reflecting efforts to allocate resources to those most in need.

Navigating the Process

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