UP’s Department of Facilities Management, in collaboration with UP’s Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation (TuksRes), will be upgrading UP residence dining halls this year. Dining halls and food services are currently available to residence students on the Groenkloof, Onderstepoort, Prinshof, Hillcrest, and Hatfield campuses. TuksRes also caters to residences at the Hatfield campus, through the JAKE (Jasmyn, Asterhof, Klaradyn, Erika) dining hall and a further dining hall which serves students from Magrietjie and Madelief. Dining halls in Taaibos and Kollege have been converted into resting areas and change rooms for staff at these residences. TuksVillage is identified as a self-catering residence and therefore they have a mini-market (Village Fresh), while a food outlet is available to Nerina students. The Groenkloof campus also has a dining hall for its students, with a similar facility at the Onderstepoort campus.
According to Deputy Director in the Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, Peter Martin, TuksMonate – the most recent addition to TuksRes services – “was created to provide a centralised food service” to UP students residing on the Hillcrest campus and was an alternative to old dining halls. Martin said that TuksMonate was created to “adhere to food safety regulations and hazardous critical control points”, adding that due to UP’s financial situation this decision also decreased costs in terms of upgrading separate dining halls and purchasing new equipment.
According to Director of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, Sisana Machi, Curlitzia was upgraded last year to serve students on the Prinshof campus. “The Groenkloof Hub was also created and taken over by TuksRes,” said Machi. The JAKE dining hall upgrades began last November, with completion expected by June this year.
The Monastery Hall (Kloostersaal) will undergo similar upgrades that will cater for both residence and day students. According to Director of Facilities Management, Prof. Susan Adendorff, Monastery Hall was procured by UP from the Roman Catholic Church (among other buildings), and is currently being used as a dining hall by TuksRes. “The building is old and the kitchen needs upgrading and, once JAKE is completed, Monastery Hall will be taken out of commission for upgrades to it, as well as converting it into a social learning space [by extending the external areas of the building],” said Prof. Adendorff. She added that funds for the social learning part of the upgrade will be provided by her Department’s social learning spaces budget, while TuksRes would provide funding for the upgrading of the kitchen. According to Martin, “The focus of the dining halls [apart from food services] was to make them learning spaces.” The TuksRes dining halls also create spaces where Consumer Sciences and Dietetics students are able to complete practical hours associated with their study courses. These students also present different topics and discussions of relevant food topics within these dining (and learning) spaces. Prof. Adendorff added that upgrades are also being finalised to three kitchens in the Old Agricultural Building in order to serve Food Science students with their practicals, and are expected to officially open in April. Upgrades to the Monastery Hall are expected to begin in the second part of the year, with planning for the Groenkloof campus dining hall already under way. “Once upgrades to the Monastery Hall begin, students will need to make use of JAKE and Magrietjie dining halls,” said Machi.