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Parents tighten belts as school supply prices increase

EWN found out how parents are coping with back to school purchases.

FILE. Many parents are flocking to the sale racks in stores, some shaking their heads as they check the prices on the other rails. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Many Cape Town parents who are preparing for a new school year say they've had to tighten their belts as school supply prices have increased.

Eyewitness News took to different shops to find out how parents are coping with back to school buys as schools reopen next week.

While plain white school shirts at one well-known clothing store at the N1 City Shopping Mall costs up to R150 per item, another shop is selling it at R49,99 each.

Many parents are flocking to the sale racks in stores, some shaking their heads as they check the prices on the other rails.

Parent Estelle Vos says she opts for cheaper brands because she simply doesn't have enough money to buy the more expensive ones.

"It's very, very expensive this year. I really don't know what to do."

One major school clothing supplier in Goodwood was filled to capacity when EWN visited it as hurried parents flitted in and out trying to get fitted uniforms for their children.