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THE REDDAM HOUSE MULTI-FORM

AN EXPRESSION OF INDIVIDUALITY


Reddam House Umhlanga has a ‘multi-form’ which allows the expression of individuality in a community setting. Students are able to choose from a variety of items within the ‘multi-form’ range. They are expected to wear formal uniform one day per week and on certain formal occasions.


SCHOOL UNIFORM INVESTIGATION BY THE COMPETITION COMMISSION

As you may be aware, the Competition Commission’s recent investigation into the optimal management of school uniforms in South African schools identified possible anti-competitive practices. This primarily related to the  ‘exclusive agreements in the procurement of school uniforms’ which necessitates purchasing of branded uniforms from specific suppliers (as well as the tender processes involved in appointing these suppliers) as opposed to generic uniforms from commercial retailers. Many schools in South Africa formed a part of this investigation and the Competition Commission decided to cordially reach an agreement with the Schools Division on desired policies and practices around the management of school uniforms.

 

Thus, in short, our agreement with the CC is as follows:

    • A reduction in compulsory, branded uniform items. A process of reviewing all school uniform items is underway. This is to ensure that more affordable generic options are available to parents for purchase elsewhere other than from the official uniform suppliers in the future.
    • A more rigorous process will be followed when appointing uniform suppliers and renewing existing uniform agreements. This includes a more competitive bidding process. We are currently in consultation with our current uniform suppliers and will also ensure that all new uniform suppliers are appointed in strict adherence to the principles of the Competition Commission.
    • The reduction of the duration of uniform agreements to stimulate a more competitive uniform supplier environment.

 

We would like to assure all families that we are actively managing this process with our families’ best interests in mind, while also upholding the unique brand identity of our school.

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