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UNIFORM

A STATEMENT OF PRIDE


The Reddford House uniform is a statement of pride, which students wear with respect and distinction. The uniform, more commonly referred to as a multiform, is designed to suit all school phases in a practical and comfortable way. It is available in various forms to ensure the ideal dress code can be applied to complement a specific school event, activity, excursion, etc. Items from the multiform can be coordinated with each other throughout the seasons and year to suit the individual. There still remains an official uniform which is to be worn at formal functions and when representing the school.

The school uniform is only available from School and Leisure.

 

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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