Schools settle with Competition Competition to axe school uniform "cartels"

Competition Commission Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele says it has reached agreements with some school groups involved in anticompetitive behaviour.

This is after the commission together with the National Department of Education released a circular that schools needed to adhere to with regards to school uniform.

According to Bonakele, some schools were still not adhering to the new regulations forcing the commission to initiate strict penalties.

The Competition Commission investigated schools that force parents to buy uniforms from specific sources. But for some schools that is now a thing of the past since a settlement was reached on Tuesday.

Read: How school uniform suppliers should be charging you

The schools have agreed to change their conducts and practices, meaning that they will comply with our requirements and we, in turn, have agreed that we will not pursue financial penalties against them.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - Competition Commission

The key here is not just to collect fines but a real change in uniform prices and putting the money back into the parents' pockets.

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner - Competition Commission

Bonakele says the remaining non-compliant schools will soon have penalties imposed on them.

Provincial departments need to ensure that these schools are made aware of the policy and adhere to it, he adds.

CEO at Curro Holding, Andries Greyling says it has been working with the Competition Commission to ensure that it adheres to the circular that was distributed in 2015 with regards to the uniform prices.

From our side the settlement is just to says that we are in adherence, always strive to doing it better, get our products more generic and always focusing on cost.

Andries Greyling, CEO - Curro Holdings

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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