SASSA War Veterans Grant 2024 – Everything You Need To Know

The SASSA War Veterans Grant stipend is available to South African nationals who fought as soldiers in either the Korean War (1950–1953) or the Second World War (1939–1945).

The candidate must be 60 years of age or older, disabled, and ineligible for other social grants to be eligible for this one. A means test, which assesses the applicant’s income, assets, and other financial considerations, determines the grantee’s eligibility.

Eligibility Criteria For SASSA War Veterans Grant

Before applying for the war veterans grant, make sure that you meet the following criteria:

  • To become eligible for the grant, you should either be a South African citizen or have permanent residency status.
  • You should be a resident of South Africa.
  • You must be 60 years old or have a disability.
  • You should not be getting any other type of social grant for your personal use.
  • You should have participated in the Korean War or Second World War.
  • You should not be supported by any state care institution.
  • You and your spouse should comply with the means test requirements.
  • If you are single, your annual income must not surpass R96 840 (R8 070 per month). Being married, the collective annual income must not be higher than R193 680 (R16 140 per month).
  • If you are single, the value of your assets should be less than R1 372 800. And being married, the value of your collective assets should not cross R2 745 600.

What is the Means Test For The SASSA War Veterans Grant?

To make sure that only worthy people receive the grant, the financial position of the applicants—including their income, assets, and other financial factors—is assessed using the SASSA means test. On April 1, 2023, there will be two primary thresholds:

1. Assets Threshold:

  • A single person should not own more than R1 372,800 assets.
  • The combined value of the overall assets of a married person and their spouse should not be more than R2 745 600.

2. Income Threshold:

  • A single individual’s yearly earnings should not surpass R96,840.
  • The combined income of a married person with a spouse must not be more than R193,680 a year.

Each grant type has different criteria for its means test to evaluate financial eligibility. 

How much is the SASSA War Veterans Grant?

As of the October 1, 2023, increment in SASSA funds, the monthly award for war veterans is set at R2,110 per individual. Starting on April 1, 2024, the stipend amount is anticipated to grow by R10 per person each month.

How Much Does War Veterans Grant Cost?

Applying for War Veterans Grants is free of cost, and there is no service fee.

How to Apply for the Grant for War Veterans

If you would like to apply for the SASSA War Veterans grant online, follow the procedures on the SASSA services website. Alternatively, you can fill out an application at the closest SASSA office branch.

You can have a trusted family member or friend apply on your behalf if you are too old, ill, or have any handicap concerns to attend the SASSA office yourself. A letter from you and a note from your doctor explaining why you are unable to visit the SASSA office yourself should be given to the person applying on your behalf.

The application forms must be filled out in the presence of an SASSA officer and are available at SASSA offices. Although you can fill out the application on your own, the officer will help you if you are unable to do so. In addition, the officer will conduct an interview with you or your designated representative and notify you of your eligibility for the grant.

You will receive a dated stamp receipt with the name of the SASSA officer who helped you with the application after finishing the application and interview. Keep this receipt as proof of application even if you are not qualified.

Documents Needed to Apply for Grants for War Veterans

You must take the following documents (original or certified copies) along with you to the SASSA office when applying for War Veterans Grant:

  • Proof of your war service such as a certificate of service.
  • Your original 13-digit bar-coded ID (identity document). If you don’t have an ID:
  • You must fill out the SASSA standard affidavit form, and that form should be completed in front of an Oaths Commissioner who is independent of SASSA. The form will be provided to you by an SASSA official.
  • You must bring a validated declaration attested by a reputable person (such as a community counselor, traditional leader, licensed social worker, recognized religious leader, or a school principal) who can verify your name and age. 
  • You should have documentation from the Department of Home Affairs confirming that you have initiated an application for an ID and/or birth certificate.
  • A temporary identity document card, provided by the Department of Home Affairs. (if applicable)
  • Proof of your disability, such as a medical assessment report (if applicable)
  • Proof of your current address.
  • Proof of your marital status:
  • Marriage Certificate: if you are married.
  • Divorce Decree: if the marriage has been dissolved.
  • Death Certificate: if your spouse is deceased.
  • Affidavit or Sworn Statement: If you are single.
  • Proof of all your income and assets, including your spouse’s if you are married:
  • Payslips if you have employed or bank statements for the last 3 months.
  • UIF card if you are receiving UIF benefits.
  • For individuals who were employed, provide a copy of leaving certificate from your prior employer or a membership proof of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)
  • Pension receipt if you are receiving a pension (if applicable)
  • Proof of all your investments, and provide information on how much interest and dividends you receive. (if applicable)
  • Documentation that provides information about your assets, along with the valuation of the property you hold (if applicable)

Processing Time for SASSA War Veterans Grant Applications

The application for the military veterans grant may take up to three months to process. Once your application is approved, the payments will begin. All of the payments from the date your application was submitted will be given to you once it has been processed and your grant has been accepted. If SASSA rejects your application, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons for the rejection and providing instructions on how to begin the appeals procedure.

SASSA War Veterans Grant Status Check

Following the submission of your application, you can use the SASSA status check to monitor its progress and find out whether it has been accepted, rejected, or is in any other situation. Following approval of your application, you must periodically check the status of your planned grant installments and their dates in order to stay informed. You can verify the status of your SASSA war veterans award using the following methods:

Through the SASSA Official Website by Clicking Here
Through the Moya APP Using Data Free Method
Through SMS To SASSA Number 082-046-8553
Through SASSA WhatsApp 082-046-8553
Contacting on SASSA Toll-Free No. 0800-601011

What should you do if your application for an SASSA War Veterans Grant is denied?

You can request that SASSA reevaluate your grant application if it was denied and you believe the decision was made incorrectly. Should your request for reconsideration be turned down as well, but you’re still not happy with the SASSA’s ruling, you can file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development. The appeal procedure must be started within ninety days following the notification.

To reach a decision, the Ministry of Social Development will examine your appeal. Should they find in your favor, they will reverse the SASSA’s ruling and you will begin to get your grant money. You will receive a written explanation of the decision if your appeal is rejected.

Understanding the SASSA War Veterans Grant Payment Process

Once your War Veterans Grant receives approval, you will start receiving payments from the date you applied. SASSA releases the payment schedule every month as they don’t have any fixed dates.

SASSA will pay you the grant payments through the following three methods (You need to opt for one):

  • Direct deposit into your bank account or in your Postbank account. The banks may charge you for the service fee.
  • You can withdraw your grant payment in cash at SASSA-partnered retail outlets such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave, and Spar.
  • From some specific institutions (e.g., old age homes, disability centers, Non-profit organizations).

If you want to receive your grant payments through a bank account, you will need to complete the Consent Form for SASSA Grant Bank Payment and submit each of the following documents:

  • Proof of identity such as ID document, birth certificate or driving license.
  • Bank account number, the account should be in your own name.
  • 3 months bank statement, it should show your name and account number on the statement.

Anytime you need to, you can quickly update your payment method or banking information. All you have to do is go to the welfare office and complete the application. But starting the next month, once the verification is finished, the payments will be accepted using the new payment mechanism.

In the event that your advanced age prevents you from collecting grants yourself, you may designate an agent to do so.

SASSA War Veterans Grant Balance Check

You may find out how much money is left on your grant by using the SASSA balance check facility. You may better manage your finances and make judicious use of grant money by keeping tabs on your balance by examining it on a regular basis. Following the approval of your grant application and the issuance of grant payments, you may need to periodically verify your balance using the following techniques:

  • By dialing the USSD code *120*3210# or *120*69277# through your cellphone
  • At any ATM (normal bank charges may be applied)
  • Via SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553
  • ­By calling the SASSA call center toll-free number 0800 601 011

SASSA War Veterans Grant Reviews

Based on the income you reported when submitting your application, SASSA retains the right to review your award. The purpose of the evaluations is to make sure that you continue to meet the grant’s means test requirements and that nothing has changed in your situation. Additionally, it’s to make sure you’re still alive. You should constantly keep your application updated whenever your circumstances change, as this will facilitate the evaluation process.

Before the three-month review period or the deadline to submit your life certificate (documentation that you are still alive), SASSA will provide you written notice. The review’s date and place will also be specified in the written notification.

If you get your grant through a bank, organization, or agent, you have to send the life certificate to the SASSA headquarters every year. SASSA representatives will come to your home to perform the review if you are bedridden. After your evaluation is complete, you will receive a compliance receipt.

Grant Suspension Reasons

The following reasons may lead to the grant suspension:

  • If your circumstances change.
  • You provided false information or committed fraud.
  • You failed to cooperate when your grant was reviewed.
  • The outcome of the review.
  • If your grant was approved by mistake.

Restoration of the Grant

Within ninety days of the suspension, you can file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development if you think the suspension of your grant was an error or if you disagree with SASSA’s decision.

Reasons for Lapsing of War Veterans Grant

Your war veterans grant will lapse if one of the following conditions occurs:

  • If you pass away.
  • If you are unable to provide proof that you are alive when asked. Your grant will be reviewed annually to ensure that you are still alive.
  • Your grant payments are not collected for consecutive 3 months, you can apply for the grant payments to start again, but if it is more than 90 days, you will have to apply for a new grant.
  • You are admitted to a fully government-funded institution such as a hospital or a jail.
  • You are out of country for more than 90 days without any notice.
  • If your income and/or assets improved so much that you are no longer qualified for the grant in terms of means test.

If you are admitted to a facility under contract with the state, your social grant will be reduced to a quarter of the total grant amount. The fourth month following your admission is when this adjustment will start. Your grant’s maximum amount will be reinstated right away following your discharge.

Responsibilities of the Beneficiaries

As a SASSA grant holder, you also have some responsibilities to fulfill:

  • To ensure accuracy, keep SASSA updated about the changes in your personal and financial circumstances.
  • It is important to promptly update the SASSA regarding any changes in your physical address or contact details.
  • Always provide the correct information, as SASSA does not tolerate any fraudulent activity.

Since SASSA sends alerts and updates to the address you provided in the application, you must keep the SASSA informed in the aforementioned scenarios to prevent any disruption or suspension in your funding. Your funds may be suspended if you update your address or contact information without telling the SASSA since they won’t be able to get in touch with you.

Contact SASSA

Should you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to SASSA through the following channels:

  • Connect with the SASSA Toll-Free Call Centre at: 0800 60 10 11
  • Contact the SASSA Head Office: 012 400 2322
  • Email your queries to the SASSA Head Office: [email protected]
  • Explore a list of SASSA offices across the country: SASSA offices near you