WATCH | Mad dash: Cape Town parents rush to get last-minute back-to-school must-haves

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  • Cape Town parents have headed to school supply shops to get the last of the back-to-school necessities.
  • One mom said buying stationery from the school was a hack that saved both time and money. 
  • Coastal schools will start their year on Wednesday.

Many Cape Town parents queued outside school supply shops as they hustled to get the last of the back-to-school must-haves earlier this week.

Coastal schools will start the year on Wednesday.

While most were trying to buy the whole kit and caboodle, some parents, like Pamela Mtati, needed only one or two items. 

She told News24 that Hillcrest Primary School allowed parents to buy their stationery from the school. 

"I paid for my son's stationery when I paid his school fees last year. All I needed to get now was new pants," Mtati said. 

READ | Coastal schools ready for reopening of schools, hard at work to place more pupils

The mom of one advised other parents to sort all the school stuff out in December to avoid the mad rush before schools opened. 

"My son will be heading to high school next year. I will be buying all his things from the school until he finishes matric," she said. 

Remo Allies broke a sweat while shopping for a dress and cardigan for his daughter. 

His wife tasked him with getting the last few school items while he was still on leave. 

Allies said:

Yoh, I am sweating. I couldn't even find the shop at first, and then we had to get all the different sizes. I am not as great with it as my wife.


His tip for parents on a mission to buy school supplies was to have a hearty breakfast before heading out - "that way, you are not distracted by the hunger pangs".

Over in the shoe corner, a mother of a high school pupil told News24 she was satisfied with how she budgeted for school necessities. 

READ | 'It's a first come, first serve situation': Pupils at Soweto school scurry, fight for chairs, desks

"Throughout the past year, I would put money aside so that at the start of the holiday, I can sort everything out," she said. 

With calculators in hand and a list of must-haves, most parents seemed to have a game plan.

Between the huffing, puffing, and strategic purchases, most parents agreed handling big-ticket items before the last-minute rush was their saving grace.

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