when the going gets tough…

When Maria discovered she had leukemia, she and her mother, Alice*, left Zambia and came to Cape Town where she could be treated at Groote Schuur Hospital. She is currently in remission and, on Monday, will be undergoing a stem cell transplant. She’ll stay at GSH for five weeks. Maria is 24, has a degree in economics from the University of Lusaka, and certainly isn’t ready to give up on any of her hopes and plans for a successful future.

alice and maria

They visited us at the Service Dining Rooms this week and made a generous cash donation. Just as we recognise the incredible work of some of South Africa’s doctors, nurses and scientists, we will also keep you in our thoughts, Maria. We wish you strength and a speedy recovery, and hope that your smile never fades.

* Surnames deliberately omitted. 

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Spick and span

A growing trend with restaurants is to allow the customers a view of the kitchen, either contained behind glass or as a more central feature. This is, after all, where all the hard work is done, and a clean well-organised kitchen goes a long way towards promoting the restaurant’s image.

While the Service Dining Rooms is not a restaurant, we’re still very proud of our kitchen, and we thought we’d kick off our new series of blog posts by inviting you to have a quick look behind the scenes.

Staff members Masooda, Regina and Nozuko are responsible for preparing, cooking and serving our meals, as well as the cleaning up afterwards.

Our kitchen equipment, including the cold room and the fire extinguishers, is serviced regularly and everything is kept in perfect working order.

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