PE-born entrepreneur gives back to local schools

From left are Russel Newfeldt (SGB vice-chairperson), Principal Randall Martin and Sue-Ellen Finnis (Uniq I.T owner.).      Photo:SUPPLIED
From left are Russel Newfeldt (SGB vice-chairperson), Principal Randall Martin and Sue-Ellen Finnis (Uniq I.T owner.). Photo:SUPPLIED

FOLLOWING her success as an entrepreneur in Johannesburg, Sue-Ellen Finnis, who was born and raised in Bethelsdorp, recently made a decision to give back to her former home town.

After losing her mother in 2004, Finnis had to put her studies on hold and take on the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister.

“I made the decision in 2009 to move to Johannesburg to build a future for myself and my smaller siblings,” she said.

“It was tough in the big city, but I quickly adapted to the buzz. I started working at Spar and quickly worked my way up to management.

“It was not long before I was able to move into a bigger apartment and I decided to pursue my love for computers by enrolling for an A+ and N+ at Boston College in Norwood JHB.”

Finnis said she has faced many challenges over the past nine years, but managed to start her own IT company.

“I decided that the time has come for me to give back to the community that I grew up in and contribute to change in the area. Therefore, as a pilot project, I have decided to sponsor Triomf Primary school with a state-of-the-art HIKVision CCTV system. I decided on the school because they supported my company in buying computers,” Finnis said.

“We understand the important role CCTV plays in and around schools today, especially with all the bullying going on, break-ins and children being abducted.

“And this will surely contribute a great deal to the security that the school already has in place.”

Finnis said working with Randall Martin, the principal of Triomf Primary School, was an absolute pleasure.

“He was able to guide us through the installation process by pointing out the problematic areas where surveillance was needed.

“I wish to thank Russel Newfeldt, a member of the SGB at Triomf Primary School, who played a key role in establishing the link and opening the door for what I can only hope will be an ongoing venture between my company, Uniq I.T., and all schools in and around the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Martin said the learners, parents, educators, school governing body and support staff greatly appreciated the camera system sponsored to Triomf Primary School.

“The school community also appreciates the fact that Finnis’s company fixed some of the faulty computers in the computer lab. These computers will assist educators to carry out classroom administrative duties efficiently and participate in school decision making. Educators will also be able to keep detailed and diagnostic records of assessments,” said Martin.

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