SASSA News- Why the Increase Rate In SASSA Applications

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SASSA News- Why the Increase Rate In SASSA Applications

In today’s latest SASSA News–  Millions of people rely on social grants in South Africa.  This shows that many people need financial assistance and the statistics prove this to be true.


South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is responsible for distributing social grants to South Africans and has been doing so since 2006.

According to Sassa, there is an increased demand for social grants, and at the moment the agency supports an average of 10 million citizens on a monthly basis.

In a statement, Sassa revealed these statistics:

Between April 2017 and December 2021, the total number of social grants increased from 17 509 995 to 18 572 195.

The three social grants that have been reported to be drivers of this upwards trend are the following:

  • Child Support Grant (CSG)
  • Old Age Grant
  • Grants-in-aid

Sassa has shared that the reason behind this trend is due to policy changes and an improved outreach programme.

It has been reported that the majority of the recipients of the CSG grant are young mothers who have left school to give birth and some never returned to complete their schooling.

In a report published in the South African Medical Journal, focusing on the data available in the public sector database from 2017 to 2021, it has been revealed that the number of births for young teenagers aged 10-14 has increased by almost 50%, whereas in adolescent girls aged 15-19, the number of births increased by 18%.

In the report, it’s written that the rates were higher in the more rural South African provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Eastern Cape.

While Sassa had come up with the alternative of recipients receiving their grants through their personal bank accounts or commercial banks, 65% of beneficiaries are paid through the South African Post Office (SAPO).

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