On a visit to major retailer Shoprite yesterday, the Cape Times saw parents spending between R800 and R1 000 on stationery.
The list for a pupil starting Grade 2 includes a paintbrush, four 43g Pritts, three flip files (20, 30 and 50 pockets), two reams of paper, nine exercise books, a denim chair bag, two packets of retractable crayons, pencil crayons, pencils, scissors, a pencil bag, a ruler, a whiteboard and three markers.
Mother Nomawethu Bheni from Langa described the exercise as “too hard”.
“The most expensive things on the list are Pritt and paper. I only have one child in Grade 3, and I have to budget R600 for stationery only. This excludes fees and transport,” she said.