Process for purchasing laptops


Each year a committee of parent and school representatives choose a preferred supplier and machine for the parents to purchase. Bishops invites parents to participate in this selection process so that we can mutually benefit from each other’s expertise, experience and opinion. To volunteer to serve on the committee and participate in this process, please email itdirector@bishops.org.za. The prescribed machine is not sold by the school but through an independent supplier (chosen by the committee). The details are normally announced in May/June each year.

Kindly click on the decsion tree link to understand the selection process.

Kindly click on this Laptop purchase explanation.

FAQ's

May I purchase a laptop through my company?

Please remember that the South African Income Tax Act requires that a company may only claim VAT for individuals employed by the company. Minimum age for employment in South Africa is 16.

Apple purchases require proof of the academic institution because their offer attracts an 8% educational discount that must be directly linked to a scholar.

May I purchase the recommended machine via my own supplier?

No. From 2016, it is no longer possible to buy anything but a prescribed machine from a prescribed supplier, simply because of the additional overhead of managing and supporting these machines.. The parent laptop committee ensures that favourable pricing and service levels are procured.

Your support ensures the ability to secure a comprehensive service agreement from the bulk supplier.

May I purchase a non-recommended machine via my own supplier?

No. The Bishops College Council voted on this decision in 2015 and this was clearly communicated to all parents over the past 12 months. By not complying with this you would compromise the classroom experience for the boys and teachers as one problem laptop can disrupt an entire class. In exceptional circumstances, e.g. disability, deviations from the model of prescribed machine will be handled on a case by case basis.

Why can't I purchase an Apple from anywhere other than Digicape?

No. Digicape are our preferred supplier because they offer the best academic support service for Apple in Cape Town. They offer preferential turn around on repairs and loan units. Their pricing includes the prescribed Windows setup and the prescribed 5 Yr warranties.

The Digicape support solution runs parallel with the Bishops HelpMeOffline Dell loan Laptop solution. Digicape’s extended warranty includes a loan machine that can be collected from Digicape once you have informed them of the need, and they will arrange for it to be ready for collection when you take your damaged MacBook in for repairs.