As parents prepare for the 2020 academic calendar, some had to empty their pockets to buy school uniforms.
The Competition Commission has issued guidelines on uniforms to schools across the country.
The guidelines instruct that uniforms must be generic, each school must have more than one supplier, have shorter contracts and an open bidding process for contracts.
Azania Mosaka speaks to Competition Commission head of communications Sipho Ngwema.
The agreements bound the schools on a number of issues including that the uniforms be generic as possible, limiting the exclusive items on the uniform list to a minimum.— Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission
Where there are contracts issued, those contracts go through a process that is transparent but also is inclusive so that other suppliers can be able to tender for that contract.— Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission
The corporation we have received from those parties has been remarkable but there seems to be some who are still stubborn and do not want to abide by this.— Sipho Ngwema, Head of communications - Competition Commission
Ngwema says they are working with school governing bodies and associations to implement the recommendations.
Adams & Adams associate litigation attorney Mia de Jager says these guidelines by the commission are a step in the right direction.
It is now up to the schools and the governing bodies to ensure that these recommendations are implemented.— Mia de Jager, Associate litigation attorney - Adams & Adams
The Competition Commission relies on the public to police the behaviour of the schools.— Mia de Jager, Associate litigation attorney - Adams & Adams
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