See how a school uniform shop makes a killing and rips off parents

See how a school uniform shop makes a killing and rips off parents

By: SATopShops

SATopShops came face to face with ridiculously high school uniform prices suffered by South African households after some parents with children attending the Redford House private school came forward to register their painful experiences.

One parent with a child that was making fresh entry into Redford House private school, exclusively served by a shop called School & Leisure,  reports that she’s had to spend R10 000 and counting to get the full uniform set. The full set includes items like: shirts, blazers, skorts, socks, swimwear, t-shirts, backpacks, fleece jackets, chino slacks, woolen tights, PT shorts, rain jackets, golf shirts, bermuda shorts, grey chino trousers, prep grey skorts, scarfs, sport skirts, v-neck jerseys, ties, pinafores, cardigans, caps, tracksuits etc.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to that shop,” said one parent. “The prices were shockingly high.”

Another said: “I’m quite conscious of the fact that I made an expensive choice by taking my kid to a private school. But now I feel like I’m being punished from all angles for this choice. All I want is fair treatment.”

The parent’s cries vindicate calls for the Competition Commission to make some intervention in the school uniform market. The commission launched a probe in 2016 and has said it has made considerable progress amidst claims of kickbacks in the R10 billion school uniform market.

Comparing school uniform prices 

Item Redford  Pep Woolworths
White shirt 314 34.99 99.95
Blazer 908  229.95* 475
Grey Skort 305 54.99 99
Socks 107 16.99 95
Swimming costume 466  99* 180
Sport top 334 54.99 95
T-shirt 156 14.99 110
Backpack 583 54.99 340
Fleece jacket 411  120 290
Chino slacks 439 99.99 160
Woolen tights 72  50* 59
PT shorts 240 79.99 99
Rain jacket 607 79.99 190
Golf shirt 295 54.99 95
Bermuda shorts 278 49.99 75
Grey chino  trouser 370 69.99 99
Prep grey skort 290 54.99 89
Sport skirt 268 54.99 110
V neck jersy 284 59.99 130
Backpack 583 54.99 350
Tie 220  R16.95*
Grey Pinafore 467
Check Pinafore 312
Cardigan 311
Peak cap 130
Tracksuits pants 297  199.95*
Tracksuit top 453  199.95*
Scarf 185  16.95

The fault line is obvious to anyone who cares. There is only one shop licensed by Redford House to sell the school uniform. Redford House has three campuses, Blue Hills in Midrand, Northcliff in northwest of Johannesburg and The Hills in Pretoria.
As such the shop called School & Leisure, located at Black Heath Shopping Centre across the Cresta Mall, operates a remarkable monopoly. That’s why it can charge ridiculously high prices as captured in the comparable price list below.

We set out to compare the shop’s prices with comparable items from national retailers Pep and Woolworths. The pricing difference is staggering with some items at School & Leisure being almost 10 times higher than those charged by mainstream retailers.
There will be an argument that the concerned School & Leisure’s items are of better quality than those from shops like Pep. Even then, the price differences are incredibly wide and unjustifiable.

The shop, School & Leisure, seems to have captured a big piece of the market if the list of schools in its website is anything to go by. The list captured below from the shop’s website adds to about 150 schools across Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces. They are served via a network of six points, Wynberg, Rondebosch, Willowbridge, Wynberg, Boksburg and Cresta, as follows:


• Reddford House

• Arbor primary

• Ashton Int

• Spark Schools

• Laerskool Jan Celliers

• St Catherine’s
• Andrews Academy

• Witdeep Primary

• Laërskool Witfield

• Hoerskool Elspark

• Laerskool Impala
• PLG Schools


• Kruinsig
• Parkrand Primary
• St.Dunstan’s College
• Sunward Park High

• Benoni High
• Boksburg High
• Farrarmere Primary
• Freeway Park Primary
• Germiston Primary
• Hans Moore High
• Hoerskool Dr E G Jansen
• Hoerskool Oostelig
• Hoerskool Voortrekker
• Laerskool Baanbreker
• Laerskool Concordia
• Laerskool Goudrand
• Laerskool Rynfield
• Martin Primary
• Parkdene Primary
• Rynfield Primary
• St Columba’s
• St Dominic’s
• St Dunstan’s Preparatory
• Summerfields Primary
• St Michaels Primary
• Tom Newby School


• Charterhouse
• Allen Glen High
• Blairgowrie Primary
• Cliffview Primary
• Crossroads School
• De La Salle Holy Cross School
• Delta Park School
• Fairland Laerskool
• FDR Primary
• Greenside High
• Hoerskool Linden
• Greenside Primary
• Hoerskool Randburg
• I.R Griffith Primary School
• King David High School
• Laerskool Fontainebleau
• Laerskool Unika
• Louw Geldenhuys Laerskool
• Northcliff High
• Northcliff Primary
• Northwest Christian School
• Panorama Primary
• Rand Park High
• Rand Park Primary
• Risidale Primary
• Robin Hills Primary
• Welridge Academy
• Weltevreden Park

• Aristea Primary

• Bellpark Primary

• Bellville Primary

• Boston Primary

• Destinatus School
• Eben Donges High

• Wynberg Boys High

Western Cape


• Claremont Primary
• Good Hope Seminary
• Groote Schuur Schools
• Grove Primary
• Herschel Girls Jnr
• Herschel Girls Snr
• Rhodes High School
• Rosebank Junior
• SACS Jnr
• SACS Snr
• Sans Souci Girls High
• St Georges Grammar School
• St Joseph’s School
• Westerford High


• Fairmont High
• Fanie Theron
• Monument Park
• Excelsior Primary
• Gene Louw Primary
• Goodwood Park Primary
• Hoerskool Bellville
• Hoerskool DF Malan
• Hoerskool Parow
• Hoerskool Tygerberg
• Holy Cross Convent
• HTS Bellville
• Kasselsvlei High
• Marian RC High
• Northpine Primary
• Northpine THS
• Protea Heights Academy
• The Settlers High School
• Totius Primary
• Vredelust Primary
• Welgemoed Primary


• Bergvliet High
• Cape Town High
• Claremont High
• Grassy Park
• Golden Grove
• Greenfield Girls
• Gardens Commercial
• Heathfield High
• Immaculata Girls High
• Kirstenhof Primary
• Kommetjie Primary
• Muizenberg Junior
• Norman Henshilwood High
• Oakley House
• Ottery Road Methodist Primary
• Plumstead High
• Rondebosch East Primary
• St Anthony’s R.C. Primary
• Star of the Sea Primary
• St Augustine’s Primary
• South Peninsula High
• Springfield Convent
• St Anne’s Primary Convent
• Sunlands Primary
• Sweet Valley Primary
• Thomas Wildschutt Schools
• Voortrekker High
• Windsor High
• Wittebome High
• Wynberg Boys Jnr
• Wynberg Girls Jnr
• Wynberg Girls Snr
• Wynberg Senior Secondary
• York Road Primary

*Items were not available at the shop and so we looked for prices elsewhere in places like Ackermans, Edgars, Jet SSOnline,

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