The cost of school uniforms has been an ongoing issue for parents for many years, especially with some school uniforms only being supplied by specific uniform suppliers.
A Wynberg (Cape Town) parent has initiated an investigation by the Competition Commission, to look into exclusive agreements between schools and uniform suppliers. In this case, it involves a specialist school wear retailer that stocks unique school-and-sportswear range for over 60 schools in the Western Cape.
The Commission has in the past conducted similar investigations into different levels of the school uniform supply chain, in Gauteng and Mpumalanga and found instances of breach of the Act. An initial assessment has revealed that this could be a nationwide practice amongst private and public schools.
Kieno Kammies spoke to the Competition Commission's spokesperson, Mava Scott