SASSA Child Support Grant – When & How To Apply

If you are wanting to apply for a child support grant from SASSA, it is important to note that there are specific days set out for when you are allowed to come to the SASSA offices to do so. Continue reading to find out which days are for Child Support Grants applications.

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The child support grant is provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to assist parents with the costs of the basic needs of their child. If you are wanting to apply for a child support grant from SASSA, it is important to note that there are specific days set out for when you are allowed to come to the SASSA offices to do so.

To apply for the child support grant, you should head to the local SASSA office nearest to where you live. Offices are open for these types of applications on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you are too sick to travel, a family member or friend can apply on your behalf with a letter written by you authorising the application.

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SASSA Child Support Grant Eligibility

In order to qualify for the Child Support Grant, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • The primary caregiver must be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee.
  • Both the applicant and the child must reside in South Africa.
  • The applicant must be the primary care giver of the child/ children concerned.
  • The child/children must been born after 31 December 1993.
  • The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test. (If you’re a single parent you must not earn more than R48 000 a year, that is R4 000 a month. If you’re married then your combined income should not be above R96 000 a year, that is R8 000 a month.)
  • Applicants can not apply for more than six non biological children.
  • Child can not be cared for in state institution.

 When you come in to apply, be sure to bring the following along:

  • your South African identity document (ID), which must be bar-coded,
  • the child’s birth certificate, which must have an ID number,
  • your salary slip, bank statements for 3 months, or pension slips, and any other proof of income,
  • if you’re unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card – “blue book” – or a discharge certificate from your previous employer,
  • if you’re not the child’s parent or guardian, a written note of permission from the parent or guardian that you should take care of the child,
  • if you’re not the child’s parent or guardian, information about how you’ve tried to get the parents to pay maintenance,
  • information that shows that you’re the child’s primary caregiver.

SASSA has urged beneficiaries to use official SASSA communication platforms or visit local offices to get accurate information and clarity where there is a misunderstanding. Beneficiaries seeking more information should contact SASSA’s toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 or 013 754 9428/54 from 8am to 4pm during the week, Monday to Friday.

How To Apply For The Child Support Grant

  • You must complete a form at the SASSA office in the presence of a SASSA officer.
  • You will then be given a receipt once the application is complete. This receipt must be kept safe as it is your only proof of registration.
  • Provide the birth certificate of the child
  • Provide identification documents of the caregiver
  • Once your grant is approved you will be paid from the date on which you applied.
  • You will be issued with a SASSA payment card and this card is used to access the money, however you may request to receive the payments using alternative methods. Such as, at banks including Postbank or other institutions.

For more information on SASSA’s Child Support Grant, click here.

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