CALL FOR MORE CAFÉ GAMES
By: Karinda Jagmohan and Veantha Naidoo
A Durban University of Technology City Campus student spends an average of R8, per day on the cafeteria pool table and according to a recent survey conducted by Iziko Repoters, students want more of this addictive social sport.
The City Campus cafeteria has some sponsored benches and a lone pool table that sees around 50 games every day. Some students claim they are addicted to pool and after classes make a beeline for the table to book their spot.
First year interior design student, Alain Firmin, said that he has to have his daily dose of pool.
“I play pool five to ten times a day, but sometimes there’s so many people waiting to play that we don’t get a chance,” said Firmin. “So, I definitely think we should have another pool table.”
Owner of the cafeteria, Al Minerat, Fizal Ismail, is uncertain whether he should add a new pool table as he feels that students do not make sufficient use of the existing and a new table would cost an estimated R12 000.
First year student, and regular pool player, Khalin Kanniah, disagreed with Ismail.
Kanniah said, “There are so many people that come here during their breaks. There’s always R2 (coins) lined up because people are waiting to play – we need another pool table.”
Ismail also felt that students had vandalised the benches, which were sponsored by Coca-Cola, and would not keep a new pool table in proper condition.
“Students have no respect when it comes to using the cafeteria. They litter, vandalize, and often put their feet on the tables. Many students try to steal money from the token slot of the pool table, as well as deface the felt, so I don’t feel it’s wise to install another table but I am considering installing a soccer table because it’s cheaper,” said Ismail.
Student, and self-proclaimed pool champion, Shaquille Abdul-Rashid said that he prefers a pool table over a soccer table.
“There are pros and cons. I would love another pool table but I must admit that a soccer table is something everyone can enjoy,” he said.
Some students from other DUT campuses, including Steve Biko Campus and Ritson Campus, have expressed an interest in having pool tables in their cafeterias.
Chemical Engineering student, Shivaan Naidoo, insisted that spaces to relax and games to play are important as they provide a much-needed break after a three-hour lecture.
Naidoo said, “There’s no pool table at all at Biko Campus. It doesn’t seem like a big thing but after studying for so long you really need that break with your friends.”
According to the owners of Al Minaret, the behaviour of the students at the City Campus cafeteria, will determine the outcome of their decision in whether they will add another game table or not.