Regarding the tender, Bouwer commented that,“[the] due process was followed through a publicly advertised tender process for the appointment of a new UP-branded clothing store operator.” In the advert, the Department of Facilities Management said that, “initially the operation will be based at the Hatfield Campus, but there will be an opportunity to expand to the other UP campuses.” It was also mentioned in the advert that bulk branded clothing, residence retail branded clothing and corporate items are the categories of items that UP wants supplied.

However, when asked more about the particulars concerning what kind of merchandise would be sold and at what price, Bouwer could not elaborate. She said that “the new operator is still busy with research into the requirements of the clientele, therefore it is not possible to give details at this stage regarding the merchandise or the pricing thereof.” When asked about the reason for Wannabee (the previous clothing supplier) closing down, Bouwer explained that it was “because the business model was unsuccessful”.

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