Competition Commission breaks up uniform cartel

You could soon be paying less for school uniforms. The Competition Commission has reached a settlement with several schools found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour. It includes government and private institutions. eNCA's John Bailey has the story. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Schools are promising not to prevent competition in the school uniform industry.

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Parents should soon be paying less for school uniforms.

The Competition Commission has reached a settlement with several schools found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, the number includes government and private institutions.

They've committed to appointing multiple suppliers to give parents more options.

A bidding process will now have to be followed when appointing suppliers and any deals will have time limits.

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The Competition Commission launched an investigation following complaints from parents about the exorbitant cost of uniforms.

Among those who've pledged to reduce prices are St Andrew's School for Girls, Curro, and Reddam.

Schools must also ensure tenders with uniform suppliers are transparent.

Parents have been urged to inform the Commission if schools don't stick to their promises.

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eNCA