Disability grant

About a disability grant

If you have a physical or mental disability which makes you unfit to work for a period of longer than six months, you can apply for a disability grant.

You get a permanent disability grant if your disability will continue for more than a year and a temporary disability grant if your disability will last for a continuous period of not less than six months and not more than 12 months. A permanent disability grant does not mean you will receive the grant for life, but that it will continue for longer than 12 months.

How do you know if you qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • be a South African citizen or permanent resident or refugee and living in South Africa at the time of application
  • be between 18 and 59 years old.
  • not be cared for in a state institution
  • have a 13-digit, bar-coded identity document (ID)
  • not earn more than R64 680 (R5 390 per month) if you are single or R 129 360 (R10 780 per month) if married.
  • not have assets worth more than R930 600 if you are single or R1 861 200 if you are married
  • undergo a medical examination where a doctor appointed by the state will assess the degree of your disability
  • bring along any previous medical records and reports when you make the application and when the assessment is done.

The doctor will complete a medical report and will forward the report to South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

The report is valid for three months from the date you are assessed.

Note: If you are under 18 and need permanent care due to your disability, your primary caregiver can apply for a Care Dependency Grant. If you don’t have an ID, you will be required to complete an affidavit and provide proof of having applied for the document from the Department of Home Affairs. If you have not applied for an ID, you must do so within three months of applying for the grant.

How much will you get?

The maximum is R1 420 per month.

How will you be paid?

A grant will be paid to you through one of the following methods:

  • cash at a specific pay point on a particular day
  • electronic deposit into your bank account, including Postbank (the bank may charge you for the service)
  • an institution not funded by the State – e.g. home for people with disabilities.

When may your grant be suspended?

The following may result in the suspension of your grant:

  • when your circumstances change
  • the outcome of a review
  • if you fail to co-operate when your grant is reviewed
  • when you commit fraud or misrepresent yourself
  • if there was a mistake when your grant was approved.

When may your grant lapse?

The grant will lapse when you:

  • pass away
  • are admitted to a state institution
  • do not claim for three consecutive months
  • are absent from the country.

Please note: If you are admitted to an institution that has a contract with the state to care for you, the grant is reduced to 25% of the maximum amount of the  grant. That will be done with effect from the 4th month following your admission to that institution. The reduced grant is re-instated immediately from the date you are discharged from the institution.

What you should do

  1. Complete a disability grant application form at your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office in the presence of a SASSA officer.
  2. Submit the following:
    • Your 13-digit bar-coded identity document (ID). If you don’t have an ID:
      • You must complete an affidavit on a standard SASSA format in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths who is not a SASSA official.
      • You must bring a sworn statement signed by a reputable person (like a councillor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion or school principal) who can verify your name and age.
      • The SASSA official will take your fingerprints.
      • You will be referred to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for the ID while your application is processed. If you don’t get an ID, your grant will be suspended.
    • A medical report and functional assessment report confirming your disability.
    • Proof of marital status (if applicable).
    • Proof of residence.
    • Proof of income or dividends (if any).
    • Proof of assets, including the municipal value of your property.
    • Proof of private pension (if any).
    • Your bank statements for the past three months.
    • Refugee status permit and 13-digit refugee ID.
    • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) document (‘blue book’) or discharge certificate from your previous employer if you were employed.
    • A copy of the will and the first and final liquidation and distribution accounts, if your spouse died within the last five years.
  3. After submitting your application you will be given a receipt to keep as proof of application.

What if your application is not approved?

  • The social security office will inform you in writing whether or not your application was successful.
  • If your grant is not approved, the social security office will state the reasons why your application was unsuccessful. You can then appeal to the Minister of Social Development in writing, explaining why you disagree.
  • Appeal within 90 days of receiving notification about the outcome of your application.

How long does it take

  • It may take up to three months to process your application.
  • If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the day you applied.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

Application forms are not available online, but you can get them from your nearest (SASSA) office.

Who to contact

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)


Graduate Opportunity in Electrical Engineering



Learn and develop by participating in a CHIETA funded, mentor driven Electrical Engineering program covering all fields of Electrical Engineering (Light Current).


Job Title: Graduate: Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
Department: Engineering
Job Type Classification: Graduate
Location – Town / City: Port Elizabeth
Location – Province: Eastern Cape
Location – Country: South Africa

Key Responsibilities

The graduate would be involved in the following areas:

* Energy Management (Power monitoring, Alalysis, Continuous improvement
* Premature failure analysis on all electrical applications
* Fault finding and repairs to AC/DC machines
* EX protection analysis and legal compliance
* Management of all maintenance systems
* Fire protection and detection systems
* Refrigeration and heat pump technology
* Air management control systems
* Telemecanique
* PLC programming and fault finding
* Electrical legal compliance administration

Education & Experience

Minimum of 3 years Electrical Engineering Diploma

Close Date: 2015/10/23

Click Here to Apply ONLINE




Phlebotomy Technician Learnership 2016

pathcareThe PathCare Academy is offering training programmes for Phlebotomy Technician Learnerships commencing in 2016. This two year course has been successfully offered by the Academy since its inception in 2006 when Pathcare engaged South Africa’s first phlebotomy learners.

The learnership consists of a structured learning component (theory) as well as work place experience (practical).

The theoretical component of the training will take place at the PathCare Academy in Cape Town. Length of time in Cape Town is approximately 8 months in total but this may vary. Students gain practical experience at various PathCare laboratories across South Africa.

Successful candidates are paid an allowance and are employed on a two-year contract during their studies at the PathCare Academy.

All accommodation costs, while in Cape Town and other locations, is the responsibility of the student.

Learners are taught anatomy and physiology, medical ethics, laboratory safety (including HIV infection prevention), and how to safely collect blood and non blood specimens for medical pathology and blood transfusion purposes.

Registered phlebotomy technicians are equipped, through the knowledge and skills gained, to safely collect blood and other human tissue samples for medical pathology or blood transfusion purposes.

These samples aid in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease and disease processes in the body.

On successful completion of the two year course and a Board Examination set by the HPCSA, the learner is able to register with the HPCSA as a qualified Phlebotomy Technician and is able to work in pathology laboratories or blood transfusion services.

Successful students will be eligible to apply for permanent positions at PathCare locations across the country.

Minumum Requirements

– Grade 12 Mathematics/Maths Literacy and Biology/Life Science.

Desired Competencies and Abilities:

  • Read, write and speak English fluently
  • Read, write and understand basic Afrikaans
  • Work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Work under pressure and study rigorously
  • Possess a well developed work ethic
  • Willing to collect and/or process blood and body products
  • Provide excellent service and be responsive to customer needs
  • Work shifts and after hours as required

The competitive selection process will include: screening of applications and academic results, written proficiency tests and panel interviews.

All fields are to be completed. If your form is incomplete your application will not be considered

DO NOT include a CV. All information that is required at this stage should be filled in on the application form.

The following documents must accompany your application:

  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Certified copy of your final Grade 12 certificate (If you are currently in Grade 12 please supply a copy of your June report with results)
  • Certified copy of results from any tertiary studies whether the course is complete or incomplete
  • Two completed personal recommendations (Pg 7/8) one should be from your teacher/lecturer and the other from your manager/supervisor.

NOTE: applicants who have not followed all the instructions and accurately and thoroughly completed the application form, or who have not provided certified copies of all required documents will not be considered

Closing Date: 30 September 2015

Click Here to Download Application

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Schauenburg Education Trust Bursary Programme

The Schauenburg Education Trust focuses on selecting and financing students to obtain qualifications which have been identified as scarce skills and which will ensure that these skills are available for employment in South Africa.

For the foreseeable future, Schauenburg Education Trust will focus on providing bursaries to students in their third and fourth year of study in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at specified universities.


Bursaries for the 2016 academic year are intended to cover third and fourth year students studying Electrical Engineering Degrees (through specified universities) who are:

  • Black as per BEE legislation, with preference given to Black women, Black students under 35 years of age, and Black disabled students;
  • South African citizens with valid ID numbers;
  • Willing to attend interviews and undergo psychometric testing;and
  • Willing to spend university holidays doing vacation work or job shadowing at Schauenburg Systems (Pty) Ltd.

To apply for this bursary, students must be:

  • full time second or third year students and;
  • studying Electrical Engineering Degrees (BEng or BSc);
  • at specified accredited South African universities (no bursaries for the 2016 academic year will be awarded to students for studies at a university of technology or college).

Who can apply?

Second or third year students studying Electrical Engineering Degrees (BEng or BSc) can apply for bursaries for their third and fourth year of study.

Applicants must have taken Maths (not Maths Literacy), Science and English in their matric year and achieved a minimum of a level 6 for all 3 subjects.

Applicants must also be able to show that they have made good academic progress during their First and Second year of their tertiary education while studying towards obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Applicants must have passed all courses for which they have registered while at university.

Closing Date: 30 October 2015

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Use Your Talent to Take You Places

_85651549_dancersHave you ever been so good at something but never thought it would take you places? Think again…

Meet 15-year-old Leroy Mokgatle who came out winning gold at the Genee International Ballet Competition.

In addition to winning gold, he was presented with the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award.

It is hard work Yes!, and The dancers rehearse about 12 hours a day, doing ballet and contemporary dance, as well as normal school work.

The hard work pays off, so endure the sweat and tears and reap the rewards.

At an interview with eNCA he shared some thoughts on his accomplishment. “It’s a very… big honour for me to get a gold medal,” adding that his goal had been to just get to the finals.

“And I did get that, and I got more,” he said modestly after ending on top out of 76 contestants from around the world at the finals hosted by the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

So, believe in yourself.

If you passionate enough and work hard enough you can reach for your dreams.

City offers external bursaries for 2016

Bursaries for full-time studies at approved tertiary institutions are currently offered to persons residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan area who will be registering for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma.

Following fields of study in 2016:

  • Architecture
  • Atmospheric science (MSc/PhD)
  • BComm (procurement logistics)
  • Business analyst
  • Building development
  • Building and construction development
  • Chemistry (MSc/PhD)
  • Civil engineering (MSc)
  • Civil engineering (Housing projects management)
  • Civil engineering (specialisation in port and coastal engineering)
  • City, town and regional planning
  • Conservation of the built environment/heritage studies and management (postgraduate)
  • Conservation ecology/biodiversity and conservation (MSc/PhD)
  • Ecotoxicology (MSc/PhD)
  • Electrical engineering – heavy current (BSc)
  • Energy management (postgraduate)
  • Law/ethics/risk/auditing/IT (Forensic)
  • Geographical information systems (MSc/PhD)
  • Geomatics (BSc)
  • Industrial engineering
  • Landscape architecture
  • Library and information science
  • Materials and road pavement engineering
  • Mechanical engineering (MSc)
  • Molecular biology/virology (MSc/PhD)
  • Nursing
  • Occupational health and safety management (BTech)
  • Pharmacy
  • Project management (postgraduate)
  • Property studies (postgraduate)
  • Real estate
  • Surveying (BTech)
  • Statistics
  • Town and regional planning
  • Transport logistics
  • Transportation studies
  • Traffic engineering
  • Water utilisation/water treatment (MSc/PhD)

Bursaries will cover registration, examination and class fees.

Enquiries: City of Cape Town Employment Service Desk: 0860 103 089 (Option 6), 021 400 1404/2044/3619/3899

Closing date: 2 October 2015

Application forms are obtainable from and returnable to the following addresses and at all libraries nearest to you by no later than the above-mentioned closing date:

Brackenfell Municipal Office (c/o Paradys and Old Paarl Roads, Brackenfell)
Cape Town Human Resources Employment Counter (Concourse Level, Civic Centre, Cape Town)
Helderberg Municipal Office (First Floor, Human Resource Division, c/o Main Road and Fagan Street, Strand)
South Peninsula Municipal Office (c/o Victoria and Main Roads, Plumstead)
Bellville Municipal Building (Voortrekker Road, Bellville)

Parow Municipal Building (Voortrekker Road, Parow)

Application forms are also available here.

Please note:

  • No late applications will be considered
  • Received applications will not be acknowledged in writing and copies of supporting documents will not be returned
  • Should you not have received a response from us by 18 December 2015, kindly accept that your application has been unsuccessful

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PSG Bursary Opportunity

PSGGet a head start by participating in the PSG graduate programme.  We are offering a bursary towards completing your honours in your respective field of study.

The programme offers financial support and an internship opportunity on completion of your studies.


Qualifying criteria

• Be a South African citizen
• Obtained a 60% plus average and above academic record
• Be successfully selected for the honours programme in the following:
• Actuarial, Financial accounting, Informatics, Statistics, Risk Management or Investments
• Law or LLB<br
• Applied Maths, Maths or Statistics
• B. Eng: Industrial Engineering
• Demonstrate financial need

In line with the national imperative of equity and redress, the bursary scheme prioritises support for Black, Coloured and Indian students.

Affiliates of the PSG Konsult Group are authorised financial services providers.

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 15 October 2015


One year internship programme with PSG


• Send your CV and academic transcripts to graduates@psg.co.za
• All shortlisted candidates will receive an application form to complete the application process

Click Here to Apply PSG Bursary Page

Pharmacist Internship for 2016

kzn-dept-of-health-logo_resA Pharmacy Internship is compulsory for those who have completed a B Pharmacy (or equivalent) degree and who wish to register with the SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC) as a Pharmacist.

Students/applicants should familiarize themselves with the requirements and obligations for internship.

The SAPC requires Internship to cover a full 12 months.


  • A Bachelor of Pharmacy (or equivalent) degree
  • Registration with the South African Pharmacy Council as a Pharmacist Intern.


1. All applications should be sent to Pharmaceutical Service at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health Head Office rather than to individual institutions.

2. A Z83 form (Application for employment) should be used. This form is available from any provincial health facility or may be downloaded from the Department’s Internet site http://www.kznhealth.gov.za . NB Please make sure that your name is on this form.

3. A Curriculum Vita (unbound) should also be attached. Please include the home address, and where possible an email address, in addition to any other contact address given in section C of the Z83 Application form.

4. Copies of the applicant’s academic record must be submitted with applications, or as soon as possible thereafter.

5. Copies of the applicant’s ID or Passport must be submitted with applications.

6. The applicant’s choice of hospitals (a maximum of 5) must be given with the application.

No guarantee can be given though, that this choice will be acceded to and an alternate placement may be offered to the applicant.

7. Where an applicant is seeking only 400 hours of internship i.e. to supplement an Academic or industrial internship this must be clearly stated in the application.

p>8. Where the applicant has a bursary from the KZN Department of Health, this must be clearly stated in the application. The

9. Please use only one staple to clip all the documents together. CVs should not be bound.

Applications must be submitted before 30 September 2015

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CPUT is BBBEE compliant

CPUT has successfully completed a BBBEE verification exercise for the first time.

BBBEE status is beneficial to tender processes and the acquisition of funding for a variety of projects currently running at the institution.

Our current status also makes CPUT an attractive business partner because our compliance adds value to whatever deals are brokered with the institution.

Contracts Officer Mariam Hartley says the status could not have come at a better time since the codes of practice governing BBBEE is about to change in May.

“That may have meant we would have had to restart the process or needed to comply with a whole new set of codes,” she says.

Acting Executive Director Finance Maresce Geduld-Jeftha commended Hartley for her hard work during the process.

“CPUT’s BBBEE compliance is a major achievement and especially for Mariam as the coordinator of the entire verification process,” she says.

CPUT currently has a level 5 status meaning it is 80% BBBEE compliant.

Contact Hartley at hartleym@cput.ac.za if you need the certificate or more information.