Probe into school uniform prices

2018-01-26 06:00

IF you are grappling with exorbi-tant school uniform prices the Competition Commission of South Africa may soon ease the strain a little.

The commission’s investigations into the anti-competitiveness of the R10 million school uniforms industry is expected to result in a drop in costs as well as a fine for schools found to participating in anti-competitive behaviour.

Speaking to Talk 702 commission spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said probes into the school uniforms industry were prompted by complaints from parents from 2015.

He said a full report into the investigation would be released in coming weeks, however, so far the commission was able to uncover that more than 30% of schools remained involved in anti-competitive behaviour, including a school that has had one supplier since 1974.

“The investigation is at an advanced stage and should be released in the next few weeks.

“We want to make sure that parents are exposed to reasonable prices and quality items‚” said Ngwema.

A Port Shepstone parent said this year he paid R3 500 for his two
daughter’s schooling at a local primary school.

“Most of the items are from the school itself and these are the ones that are more expensive.

“For everything else we use
various, cheaper retail stores,” said the parent,”

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