SASSA War Veterans Grant 2024 – Eligibility & Application

There is a group of individuals in South Africa that served to protect the country’s borders for its survival. SASSA introduced the War Veterans Grant of R2 110 for these patriots with a monthly increase of R10.

This assistance is meant for soldiers who participated in World War II and the Korean War. They must be 60 or older, live in South Africa, and face financial difficulties.

If you are one of those brave soldiers who cannot meet their daily needs, you may be eligible for the SASSA War Veterans Grant 2024.

What are the eligibility criteria, which documents are required, how to you check the status, and more? If you don’t know, let’s discuss it in details.

Who Qualifies for War Veterans Grant in South Africa

To be eligible for the War Veterans Grant, individuals must satisfy the following fundamental criteria:

  1. They must hold South African citizenship or have permanent residency status.
  2. They served in the Korean War and Second World War.
  3. Be aged 60 years or older (age criteria may vary).
  4. Meet the means test requirements (discussed below).
  5. Furthermore, applicants must not currently receive any other social grant from SASSA.

Additionally, there are special conditions for eligibility based on the type of military service rendered and the duration of service. Veterans with disabilities or dependents may also be eligible for additional benefits.

Understanding the SASSA War Veterans Grant Means Test

The income check is an important step in determining if you qualify for the War Veterans Grant. It evaluates the applicant’s financial situation to determine their level of need for the grant. The means test looks at different things such as:

  1. Income from all sources (employment, pensions, investments, etc.)
  2. Assets (property, vehicles, savings, etc.)

Also read: SASSA Means Test

Asset Limit:

  • One single person should not have assets worth more than R1,372,800.
  • A married couple should not have belongings valued over R2,745,600 altogether.

Income Limit:

  • A single person’s yearly income should not be higher than R96,840.
  • A married couple’s total yearly income should not be more than R193,680.

SASSA sets the limit for the income check, and it might change occasionally.. If an applicant’s income and assets exceed the specified limit, they may be deemed ineligible for the grant.

Essential Documents for War Veterans Grant Application

To apply for the SASSA War Veterans Grant, war veterans need to submit the given below paperwork:

  • Bring proof of your war service, such as:
  • Certificates of medals
  • Certificates of service
  • Bring your 13-digit ID number (bar-coded South African ID)

If you lack an ID, bring a signed declaration from a:

  • Councillor
  • Social worker
  • Traditional leader
  • School principal

If you don’t have an ID, you can also bring:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • To prove your disability, bring a doctor’s report that says you are not able to work
  • Bring proof of where you live now
  • Produce documents of your marital status:
  • Marriage certificate if married
  • Divorce papers if divorced
  • Written statement if single
  • Provide proof of all your income and things you own
  • If married, also give the proof for your spouse
  • Authentication of property owned in the municipality
  • Proof of private property
  • Last 3 months bank statements 
  • If you worked before, bring your pay slips
  • If you’re current not working, Provide:
  • UF bluebook
  • Discharge certificate, or
  • If you have invested in any project, bring:
  • Proof of the money you get from them
  • Proof of your income

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for the War Veterans Grant

There are two processes to apply for the War Veterans Grant. Let’s discuss them in detail.

Guide to In-Person SASSA Office Applications for War Veterans

It is one of the most reliable ways to apply for the grant, as you have to submit the documents by hand. You can ask for any confusion on the spot from the Sassa representative there. How to apply: It is divided into different steps. Let’s discuss it.

In-Person SASSA Office Applications for War Veterans

Step 1: Visit the SASSA Office

Go to the official SASSA office near you. Ask the helpful staff for the application form. They will be happy to assist you in filling out the form correctly.

Step 2: Fill Out the Application Form

Ensure that you fill out the form with the correct information. A SASSA officer will assist you throughout the process. If you need help, you can ask.

Step 3: If You Can’t Go in Person

If you are very sick or have a disability, a friend or family member can apply for you. They will need to give the officer a letter that allows them to apply on your behalf. They should also explain why you cannot come to the office yourself.

Step 4: Attend a Short Interview

During the application process, you will have a brief interview. This is your chance to talk about your military service, if applicable. The information you provide will help SASSA better assess your support needs.

Step 5: Get Your Receipt

Once you handover your application, they will give you a stamped receipt. This receipt is very important as it proves that you have applied for the grant.

Online Application Process for War Veterans Grants

  1. Go to the SASSA official site and find the online application portion.
  2. Complete the online form of application with your personal and financial details.
  3. Upload clean copies of the required documents.
  4. Send the fill out the application form online and then wait for reply from SASSA.
Online Application Process for War Veterans Grants

Approval Process Timing for the War Veterans Grant by SASSA

It usually takes around three months to review your application after they get it. If they say “yes” to your application, they will let you know, and you’ll begin receiving the grant money each month. If SASSA says “no” to your application, they will tell you why they turned it down. If you feel their choice was wrong, you can ask them to look at it again.

Ways to Check Your SASSA Application Status

Applicants can check the status of their War Veterans Grant application through the following methods. Remember to keep your reference number and ID when inquiring about the status.

Ways to Check Your SASSA Application Status
MethodDescriptionContact
Online Status CheckInstant and authentic status check with ID and reference number.onlinesassastatuscheck.co.za
SASSA’s Official WebsiteTrustworthy source for application progress.SASSA Website
The Moya AppEasy and free grant application status check.Moya App
SMS UpdatesSend an SMS and receive application status.082-046-8553
WhatsAppSimplest way to inquire about your grant.082-046-8553
Toll-Free CallFor detailed inquiries about your application.0800-601011

Check status through onlinesassastatuscheck.co.za

If you want to see your war veteran status instantly and authentically, visit the link onlinesassastatuscheck.co.za, put your ID and reference number, and check your status.

SASSA’s Official Website

The best place to look is on SASSA’s website. It’s a trustworthy way to see how your application is going.

The Moya App

This is a great choice for checking your grant application. It’s easy and won’t cost you anything. Read our detail Guide Moya App SASSA 350 Status Check

Getting Updates by SMS

Just send an SMS to 082-046-8553. They will SMS you back about your application.

Using WhatsApp

The simplest way to get info about your grant. Just WhatsApp SASSA at the same number: 082-046-8553

Calling the Toll-Free Number

If you want more details about your application, give SASSA a call. Their toll-free number is 0800-601011. They can help you with any specific questions about your grant

Understanding SASSA War Veterans Grant Pending Application

If your application says “pending,” it means SASSA is still working on it or needs more info from you. In such cases, it is advisable to follow up with SASSA by calling their toll-free number, 0800-601011, to understand the reason for the pending status and provide any requested information promptly.

Reason of SASSA War Veterans Grant Declined Status

If SASSA says “no” to your War Veterans Grant application, they’ll tell you why. Common reasons for declining an application include:

  1. Not meeting the eligibility criteria
  2. Failing the means test
  3. Incomplete or incorrect documentation
  4. Providing false or misleading information
  5. You did not collaborate during the review of your grant.

If your application is declined, you can request a reconsideration by addressing the issues raised by SASSA and submitting the necessary supporting documents.

Steps to Take After a SASSA War Veterans Grant Rejection

If your War Veterans Grant application is not approved, you have the following options:

  1. Request a review or reconsideration from SASSA by providing additional supporting documents or clarifying any misunderstandings within 90 days.
  2. Ask SASSA to look at the decision again using the right way they say.
  3. Contact the SASSA helpline or visit a local office for assistance and guidance on the appeals process.

The Ministry of Social Development will re-examine your appeal to reach a decision. If they find it in your favor, they’ll reverse the decision made by SASSA, and you’ll begin to receive your grant payments. If your appeal is turned down, you’ll receive a written explanation.

War Veterans Grant Payment Methods

If your application for the SASSA War Veterans Grant is approved, you can receive the monthly payments through various payment options:

  1. Direct deposit into a bank account
  2. Collection from a designated SASSA pay point: Shoprite, Boxer, Pick n Pay, Checkers, Spar, and Usave.
  3. From departments such as nursing homes, disability centers, and non-governmental organizations.

SASSA will guide you through setting up your preferred payment method during the application process.

  • Pro Note

“Regularly check the payment schedule for the SASSA War Veterans Grant to stay informed about collection dates and avoid any delays in accessing your funds.”

How to Check Your SASSA War Veterans Grant Balance

After your war veterans grant application is approved and you start getting payments, you should check your balance regularly by providing your details and grant reference number to access your balance information.

  • You can check your balance in these easy ways:
  • Use your cellphone to dial the special code 1203210# or 12069277#
  • Visit any ATM (you might have to pay a small bank fee)
  • Send a message to the SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553
  • Call the SASSA call center for free at 0800 601 011

Benefits of Checking Grant Balance

The SASSA balance check service lets you to

  1. Know how much money you have
  2. Manage your money better
  3. Use your grant money wisely

Steps to Recover Your Suspended War Veterans Grant

Suppose your War Veterans Grant was previously suspended or terminated. In that case, you may be eligible for restoration under certain circumstances, such as changing your financial situation or resolving any issues that led to the suspension. Contact SASSA or appeal to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development within 90 days and provide the necessary documentation to initiate the restoration process.

Exploring the Reasons Behind War Veterans Grant Lapses

The SASSA War Veterans Grant may lapse or be terminated due to various reasons, including:

  1. Failure to comply with the grant conditions or provide required information to SASSA
  2. Change in financial circumstances that make the applicant ineligible
  3. Fraudulent activities or misrepresentation of information
  4. Death of the grant recipient
  5. If you miss getting your grant for three months in a row.
  6. If you go to a government-paid place like a hospital or jail.
  7. If you leave the country for over 3 months without notice.
  8. If your financial condition improves.

If your grant has lapsed, you can reapply by following the standard application process and providing updated documentation.

  • Pro Note

“Keep your SASSA War Veterans Grant active by promptly updating any changes in your circumstances and adhering to the grant’s conditions.”

Concluding Remarks

The SASSA War Veterans Grant is a vital source of financial support for eligible military veterans in South Africa. Veterans can access the assistance they deserve by understanding the eligibility criteria, application process, and grant management procedures. If you have further questions or need assistance, contact SASSA through their helpline or visit your nearest office.

Frequently Asked Questions

“The money given to war veterans changes every year. In 2018, it was R1,720 each month. On October 1, 2023, it changed to R2,110 per month. Starting April 1, 2024, it will go up by R10 monthly.

To qualify for the war veterans grant in South Africa, individuals must be 60 or older, meet the means test requirements, and not receive any other social grant from SASSA. Moreover, he should be participated in World War II and the Korean War.

No, the military veterans grant is specifically designed for individuals who have served in the South African military forces. If you have not served in the military, you may be eligible for other social grants SASSA offers based on your circumstances.

A: You can check the war veterans grant amount via toll-free number 0800 601 011, through WhatsApp 082 046 8553, using ATM and using special code 1203210# or 12069277#

Pumi Dlamini

Pumi Dlamini, our Chief Operating Officer since 2021, brings over 10 years of experience in communications and government services. Her focus is on providing clear, accessible information about SASSA grants to South Africans. Pumi is dedicated to empowering citizens through knowledge and holds a master’s degree in public administration. She is also involved in non-profit boards supporting education access and enjoys mentoring youth in her free time.