Social Security Benefits South Africa


The Social Security system in South Africa has undergone a number of transformations since the advent of democracy in 1994. According to the South African constitution, all citizens of the country are entitled to social security.

The country has over 15 million individuals who receive some kind of social grant. The government, through the Department of Social Development strives to tackle the main challenges which society is faced with, including high youth unemployment rates, poverty as well as inequality. The Social Security system has been designed to improve the efficiency of distribution as well as ensuring that the right people are getting their social security payments.

Pension Rights in South Africa:

In the country, a worker is entitled to an old age grant if his/her annual income is below a certain amount.  As of April 2015, the old age grant for individuals between the ages of 60 and 74 is R1410 with those older than 75 years entitled to R1430.

Dependents and benefits:

On the death of a worker, the spouse or life partner can claim dependents’ benefits

How do Social Security benefits work in South Africa?

The South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) is the national agency in charge of administering applications, approvals and payments of social grants in the country. Created in 2005, the agency has been tasked with the improvement of service administration in this sector.

SASSA has improved the waiting period for grants from 3 months to 14 working days. It has also established pay-points at every 50km radius.

Types of grants:

  • Grant for older persons
  • Disability grant
  • War veteran’s grant
  • Child grants
  • Foster child grant
  • Care dependency grant
  • Child support
  • Grant-in-aid

Individuals are able to apply at their nearest SASSA office and there is no money required for this application.



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