Competition Tribunal to confirm agreements in school uniform industry

The Competition Commission has announced it has reached a settlement with several schools found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour.

The commission launched an investigation in 2018 after parents complained they were being forced to buy school uniforms only from certain suppliers.

The commission and school uniform manufacturers are going to ask the Competition Tribunal to confirm agreements they've reached.

Head of Communications at the Competition Commission Sipho Ngwema says they are still monitoring those schools which seem to be in defiance of the ruling.

We had written agreements with ADvTECH, St Andrews Girls School, Curro Holdings and Reddam House.

Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission

There has been a lot of cooperation and willingness from these schools to work with us since we started our investigations and processes.

Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission

He says current efforts will hopefully reduce the cost of school uniforms.

We are trying to implement all these changes because we believe that once we have got more than one supplier, once there is a transparent process, your prices will go down and the quality of products offered will improve.

Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission

Click on the link below to hear more from Ngwema...


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