The Competition Commission has warned schools against anti-competitive behaviour.
It says that parents should be able to obtain uniforms from as many suppliers as possible and that schools must follow a competitive bidding process.
Contracts should be short-term so that suppliers can periodically compete.
It suggests schools adopt generic uniforms with exclusivity limited to additions such as badges.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).
We found that about a third of private and former Model C schools had only one supplier…— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
You’re adding a burden to parents… the economy is not doing well… school governing bodies must ensure prices are competitive…— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
We insist there must be fair competition…— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
We need to ensure that this burden is taken off the parents’ backs…— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
We have spoken to a number of private schools… We have guidelines that we have discussed with them…— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
Uniforms must become cheaper!— Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission
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