SASSA, or the South African Social Security Agency, is a government agency in South Africa responsible for providing social grants to eligible citizens who are in need of financial assistance. The agency was established in 2005 and is governed by the Social Assistance Act of 2004. SASSA’s main objective is to administer and pay social grants to beneficiaries on behalf of the Department of Social Development. These social grants include grants for older persons, persons with disabilities, child support, foster care, and social relief of distress.
SASSA is responsible for assessing and determining eligibility for social grants, as well as administering and paying the grants to eligible beneficiaries. The agency also plays a critical role in ensuring that grants are paid out accurately and on time, which helps to alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living for many South Africans. In addition to providing social grants, SASSA also engages in outreach programs to educate and raise awareness about the social assistance programs available to eligible citizens, thereby promoting social development and inclusion.