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SOUTH AFRICA BENEFITS FOR THE DISABLED Disability Information

Web site:http://www.gov.za/
Tel: (012) 312 3196
Fax: (012) 326 4395

Disability Grant
A disability grant is income awarded to persons who, owing to physical or mental disability, are unfit to obtain employment or the means needed to enable them to support themselves.

Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitation services are rendered to disabled people to help them to reach and maintain their functional levels.

 Disability Grant

A disability grant is income awarded to persons who, owing to physical or mental disability, are unfit to obtain employment or the means needed to enable them to support themselves. You receive a permanent disability grant if your disability will last for more than a year and a temporary disability grant if your disability will last from six months to a year. The maximum grant for the year 2007 is R870 per month.

 Disability Grant Questions

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 Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation services are rendered to disabled people to help them to reach and maintain their functional levels. There are four levels of rehabilitation services catering for different levels of disabilities, and these are:

  • Primary rehabilitation services
  • Secondary level rehabilitation
  • Tertiary level rehabilitation
  • Specialist and academic rehabilitation

Primary rehabilitation services are preventative services that build self-reliance and capacity of the client. These include therapeutic counseling, home-based services, support groups and self-help, and awareness and advocacy programmes.

Secondary level rehabilitation is early intervention (care and protection, non-statutory) services that include protective workshops, day care and stimulation services, income generation and poverty alleviation projects, early childhood development, and respite services.

Tertiary level rehabilitation is statutory services that include residential care facilities, foster care and adoption services, and reconstruction and after-care services.

Specialist and academic rehabilitation is services like mentoring and coaching, empowerment, policy and programme development, and research.

 Rehabilitation Services Questions

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What Is A Disability Grant?

ANSWER: A disability grant is income awarded to persons who, owing to physical or mental disability, are unfit to obtain employment or the means needed to enable them to support themselves. You receive a permanent disability grant if your disability will last for more than a year and a temporary disability grant if your disability will last from six months to a year. The maximum grant for the year 2007 is R870 per month.

The applicant:

  • Must be a South African Citizen

  • Must be resident in South Africa at the time of application

  • Must be between 18 to 59 years of age if a female and 18 to 64 years of age if a male
  • The spouse must meet the requirements of the means test. A means test is a test used to measure the financial status of the applicant. In order to receive a grant, the applicant's financial level should be below a certain amount. According to the means test you should qualify for a grant if:
    • You live in a rural area and you earn less than R1 100 per month or R13 200 per year
    • You live in an urban area in an informal house or a shack and you earn less than R1 100 per month or R13 200 per year
    • You live in an urban area in a house or flat and you earn less than R800 a month or R9 600 a year
  • Must not be maintained or cared for in a State institution

  • Must not be in receipt of another social grant

For more information go to the South African Social Security Agency

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How Do I apply?

ANSWER:

  • Complete a disability grant application form at your nearest Social Security Office

  • If you are too old or sick to travel to the office to apply for a grant, ask a family member or friend to apply on your behalf. The person applying on your behalf should provide a letter from you and/or a doctor's note saying why you can't visit the office. A home visit may also be arranged

  • Complete the application form in the presence of a welfare officer

  • Attend an interview and have your fingerprints taken
  • Submit the completed application form together with the following documents:
    • A medical or assessment report confirming your disability
    • A 13-digit bar-coded identity document
    • Obtain a receipt after submitting the application and keep it as proof of application

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Where Can I Learn The Legal Framework?

ANSWER: Documents are provided in PDF format. To open PDF documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher installed on your computer. Click on the document you want, a new browser window will open.

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How Long Does It Take Before I Get A Reply On My Application?

ANSWER: It may take approximately 35 days for your application to be processed. You will be informed in writing of whether or not your application was successful. If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the day you applied. If your grant is not approved, the Social Security Office will inform you in writing stating the reasons why your application was unsuccessful.

A grant is payable by the following methods:

  • Cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • Electronic deposit into your bank account (the bank may charge you for the service)
  • Post Office
  • Institution - e.g. home for disabled people

The service is free

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What If I Disagree With The Decision?

ANSWER: If you disagree with the decision, lodge an appeal to the Minister or MEC at the national or provincial office of the Department in writing explaining why you disagree with the decision. Lodge this appeal within 90 days of notification of the outcome of your application.

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Who Do I Contact For More Information?

ANSWER: Call - 0800 60 10 11, or select from the Provinces below:

National
Pretoria SASSA Office
Tel: 012 400 2000
Fax: 012 400 2257
Physical address: SASSA House Corner of Beatrix and Pretorius Pretoria
Postal address: Private Bag X 55662 Arcadia 0083
Web address: www.sassa.gov.za

Eastern Cape Province
Bisho Provincial Office
Tel: 040 609 3400
Fax: 040 639 1928
Physical address: Dukumbana Building, Bisho
Postal address: Private Bag X0039, Bisho, 5605

Free State Province
Bloemfontein Provincial Office
Tel: 051 405 4821/4444/0204
Fax: 051 403 3578
Physical address: Old Mutual Building, 4th Floor, Maitland Street, Bloemfontein
Postal address: Private Bag X4424, Bloemfontein, 9300

Gauteng Province
Johannesburg Provincial Office
Tel: 011 355 7878
Fax: 011 355 7753
Physical address: 9th Floor, Thusanong Building, 69 Commissioner Street (Corner of Simmonds), Johannesburg, 2000
Postal address: Private Bag X35, Johannesburg, 2000

Pretoria National Office
Tel: 012 312 7636
Fax: 012 312 7071
Physical address: Ministry of Social Development, HSRC Building, South Wing, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, 0001
Postal address: Private Bag X901, 0001
Web address: www.socdev.gov.za

KwaZulu-Natal Province
Ulundi Provincial Office
Tel: 035 874 3703
Fax: 035 874 3710
Physical address: 2nd Floor, Administration Building, Ulundi, 3838
Postal address: Private Bag X27, Ulundi, 3838

Limpopo Province
Polokwane Provincial Office
Tel: 015 290 9262
Fax: 015 291 5917
Physical address: 34 Hans van Rensburg Street, Moolman Building, Polokwane, 0700
Postal address: Private Bag X9302, Polokwane, 0700

Mpumalanga Province
Nelspruit Provincial Office
Tel: 013 766 3031
Fax: 013 766 3463
Physical address: 1st Floor, Government Complex, Government Blvd., Riverside Mall, Nelspruit, 1200
Postal address: Private Bag X11285, Nelspruit, 1200

North West Province
Mmabatho Provincial Office
Tel: 018 387 5282/0299/0255
Fax: 018 387 5402
Physical address: Provident Building, University Road, Mmabatho
Postal address: Private Bag X6, Mmabatho, 2735

Northern Cape Province
Kimberley Provincial Office
Tel: 053 874 9182
Fax: 053 871 2441
Physical address: Mimosa Complex, Barkly Road Homestead, Kimberley, 8300
Postal address: Private Bag X5042, Kimberley, 8301

Western Cape Province
Cape Town Provincial Office
Tel: 021 483 3083
Fax: 021 483 4783
Physical address: Union House, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Postal address: Private Bag X9112, Cape Town, 8000

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What Steps Do I Need To Follow?

ANSWER: Visit your nearest primary health care centre or clinic for screening and you will be referred for rehabilitation to a hospital or specialist at secondary or tertiary level.

Legal Framework. The following are in pdf format. Clicking on an item will open a new browser window.

The application may take 3 months to be processed. In some instances people are put on the waiting list for 6 months.

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What Is The Cost?

ANSWER: In some instances, 75% of the disability grant is taken as part of costs. Other costs are determined by individual facilities. Other facilities measure costs according to what the family can afford. All of these costs vary per province.

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What Forms Must I Complete?

ANSWER: Application forms to be completed are determined by the rehabilitation centre or primary health care centre.

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Who Can I Contact For More Information?

ANSWER: Social Development offices. Please select an option from below:

Eastern Cape Province
Humewood Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 041 583 2183
Fax: 041 583 5348
Physical address: Cheshire Home - Saltville, 22 Fontein Street, Clearly Estate
Postal address: P.O. Box 13148, Humewood, 6013

Mangold Park Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 041 368 6180
Fax: 041 368 6180
Physical address: Aurora Stimulation Centre, Erf 4050 Allan Drive, Mangold Park
Postal address: P.O. Box 34368, Newton Park, 6000

Mount Fletcher Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 039 257 9155
Fax: 039 257 0515
Physical address: Cheshire Home, Isolomzi Township
Postal address: Box 460, Mount Fletcher, 4770

Mthatha Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 047 535 0704
Fax: 047 632 3752
Physical address: Ikhwezi Lokusa, Mthatha
Postal address: P.O. Box 695. Mthatha, 5100

Free State Province
Parys Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 056 811 5656
Fax: 056 811 5786
Physical address: Epilepsy SA Home, 52 Boom Street, Parys
Postal address: PO Box 167, Parys, 9585

Gauteng Province
Bedfordview Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 011 450 4725
Fax: 011 455 0088
Physical address: Colonel Rowland Home, 20 Pine Road, Bedfordview, 2008
Postal address: P.O.Box 963, Bedfordview, 2008

Johannesburg Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 011 613 8241
Fax: 011 613 1180
Physical address: House/Lions Int Colonel, 159 North Rd., Roseacres, Johannesburg, 2000
Postal address: Private Bag 74, Halfway House, 1685

Midrand Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 011 314 1148
Fax: 011 314 2543
Physical address: Cresset House Randburg, 141 Hampton & Olifantsfontein Rd., Glen Austin Ext1, Midrand
Postal address: P.O.Box 74, Halfway House, 1685

Vereeniging Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 016 422 0423
Fax: 016 422 0423
Physical address: Eurisko centre for mentally handicapped adults, Kwagga Street, Leeuhof, Vereeniging
Postal address: P.O.Box 263099, Three Rivers 1935

Limpopo Province
Polokwane Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 015 291 1787
Fax: 015 295 4990
Physical address: Centenary Home, Pafuri Avenue, Penina Park, Polokwane
Postal address: PO Box 601, Polokwane, 700

Mpumalanga
Denilton Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 013 980 0066
Fax: 013 980 0068
Physical address: Epilepsy SA, Elandsdoorn Residential Care, Hoof Street (next to Moutse Magistrates Office)
Postal address: PO Box 1875, Denilton, 1030

Dullstroom Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 013 254 0161/2/3
Fax: 013 254 0290
Physical address: Epilepsy SA, Dullstroon Residential, 609 Gunning Street, Dullstroom
Postal address: PO Box 55, Dullstroom, 1110

Elukwatini Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 017 883 0169
Fax: 017 883 0169
Physical address: Chief JM Dlamini, Stand 962, Nhlazatshe 6
Postal address: P.O. Box 1344, Elukwatini, 1192

North West Province
Klerksdorp Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 018 462 4366
Fax: 018 462 4366
Physical address: Daphnee Lee, 10 Irene Street, Klerksdorp
Postal address: P.O. Box 1052, Klerksdorp, 2572

Potchefstroom Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 018 290 5543
Fax: 018 290 5543
Physical address: Amelia Care Centre, 5 Richardson Street, Potchefstroom, 2526
Postal address: P.O. Box 6128, Potchefstroom, 2526

Northern Cape Province
Steinkopf Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 027 721 8258
Fax: 027 721 8230
Physical address: Emmanuel, 4 Kramer Street, Steinkopf
Postal address: P.O. Box 1064, Steinkopf, 8224

Western Cape Province
Bellville Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 021 913-2106
Fax: 021 913-3658
Physical address: Alta Du Toit Nasorg, Upper Lincoln Street, Hoheizen, Bellville, 7531
Postal address: P.O. Box 5002, Karl Bremmer, 7531

Cape Town Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 021 462 1638
Fax: 021 462 1060
Physical address: Elizabeth Roos, ACVV Centre, 61 Caledon Street, Cape Town
Postal address: ACVV Centre, 61 Caledon Street, Cape Town, 8000

Durbanville Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 021 975 6822
Fax: 021 975 1613
Physical address: Durbanville Kinderhuis, Kerkstraat, Durbanville
Postal address: Kerkstraat, Durbanville

Observatory Homes For Disabled Persons
Tel: 021 633 3343
Fax: 021 448 8475
Physical address: Garden Cottage, 36 Rooiberg Single, Heideveld
Postal address: Private Bag X 7, Observatory, 7935

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