Businessperson comes to store owner’s aid after uniforms row

2014-01-16 00:00

A LOCAL businessperson has come to the rescue of parents who had been let down after the school uniforms they ordered were not delivered on time.

Hundreds of children whose dreams of going to school in new uniforms were dashed on Tuesday following the closure of the shop that was to have provided them, have now been given a chance to get their new uniforms.

Parents were outraged when they went to pick up school uniforms from Fay Namullal this week only to find her store closed. They could not reach Namullal and had already paid deposits.

Zaid Omar, of Sadeck’s Discount Centre, heard about the controversy and decided to help the parents and Namullal. As a result, he decided to come to Namullal’s aid by providing parents with the school uniforms they ordered and only asking for the balance they had to pay from their original deposits.

“Sometimes in business things go wrong, and something went wrong here. I imagined what it would be like if I were in her situation,” said Omar. “Regardless of our different religions, I knew I had to help her. I contacted Fay and told her I would help so the best interests of the children could be met.”

Namullal was also present at the store to meet the parents face to face and apologise for the uniforms not being delivered on time.

She contacted the parents by phone and let them know they could come to get uniforms at Sadeck’s Discount Centre at no extra cost.

All they had to do was present their deposit slips and pay the balance of what they owe. Namullal will pay back the money she got from the deposits to Omar when she gets back on her feet.

“I really want to apologise to the community, but I am trying to make things right. I will continue to make school uniforms and will be personally making the tracksuits and PE outfits that were ordered and they will be ready in February,” Namullal told The Witness.

Namullal said that one of the contributing factors to her not being able to deliver the uniforms was a conflict with her landlord and biggest customer, Surendra Singh.

Singh who is chairperson of the board for C21 Private School, ordered uniforms from Namullal and paid a R35 000 deposit on Namullal’s insistence.

He said yesterday, “An order was given for school uniforms totalling R51 300. All the uniforms were to be delivered by December 9, 2013. What she delivered is … not even worth R10 000,” said Singh.

As Namullal was behind on her rent, Singh locked the premises Namullal operated from.

“Her rent has not been paid from October 2013 and promises each month to pay some have been in vain. On Friday a section 32 application was brought against her for rent. She has not been stopped from trading so she should not mislead the public by stating that the rent has created a problem for her. Truth is she … failed to deliver uniforms.”

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