In todays latest SASSA News – Those who qualify can receive one of several different types of permanent social grants from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). The Care Dependency Grant, the Older Persons Grant, the Disability Grant, the Child Support Grant, the Foster Care Grant, the Grant in Aid, and the War Veterans Grant are all examples of these types of grants that are set to last permanently.
When help is needed, individuals can apply for Sassa grants. To back up their grant request, applicants will need to supply details and paperwork. All forms of official documentation are acceptable, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and disability letters.
According to data provided by Sassa to the Department of Social Development (DSD), between 1 April and 30 September 2022, the organization received 981 562 grant applications.
However, not all people who apply for social grants end up receiving money. Sassa will not award a grant to a candidate who they believe does not merit financial support.
For the same time period of 1 April to 30 September 2022, Sassa denied 92 098 grant requests. It’s about 9 percent of all grant applications submitted during that time frame.
Grant applicants who have had their applications rejected by Sassa should know that they have the right to file an appeal with the appropriate agency. The Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals is where they should take their concerns (ITSAA).
After consulting with a representative from civil society, the ITSAA will decide if Sassa’s ruling will be upheld, modified, or overturned. If a potential applicant, beneficiary, or representative wants to file an appeal, the ITSAA can look into it.
The Tribunal received 2,591 appeals from April 2022 to September 30 of that year. The majority of appeals were nonetheless received during the 2nd Quarter following the introduction of the Amendment Act.
Advocate Antoinette Brink, Appeals Officer at the DSD said the direct access presently afforded to those submitting appeals has seen the number of appeals received by the tribunal increase dramatically.
Previously, the ITSSA received an average of 150 appeals per month. The number of appeals filed with the tribunal has increased from 500 to 750 per month after the passage of the Social Assistance Amendment Act.
In accordance of the regulatory framework, the Tribunal must adjudicate appeals within a 90-day period from receipt thereof. This is in compliance with the criteria of the Promotion of Administration Justice Act (PAJA) (PAJA).
There is a potential for litigation if the Tribunal takes longer than 90 days to rule on appeals.