The plight of 40 000 pupils not placed in schools in Gauteng as the academic year got under way on Wednesday, partly explains the boom of low-fee private schools.
In recent years, South Africa saw growth in schools belonging to Curro Holdings, SPARK Schools and Pioneer Academies, among others.
JSE-listed Curro declined to respond to Business Report questions yesterday.
The group, which listed on the JSE in June 2011, has seen its annual revenue grow from R170 million in 2011 to almost R1.4 billion in the year ended December 2015. Not surprisingly, rising revenue correlates the growth in the number of schools and pupil enrolments. Curro has previously said that its objective was to have 200 schools on 80 campuses by 2020.