When we started, we had a dream to create the next generation of retail managers, and in turn the next generation of social and economic transformers capable of impacting their communities and the economy as a whole.   We could not embrace this vision without the dedication and commitment of our amazing team of 50 passionate people, who grasp the value and impact that this education has on the lives of the people who attend.

Meet our members

Senior Frontline

Leigh Blochlinger


Leigh has been a retailer for 38 years and has held various positions across the retail spectrum. Her last position was Deputy Managing Director of an Independent Hardware Group. She has vast experience in the key operational areas:

  • Customer centricity
  • Store management
  • Buying and planning
  • Management leadership.

Leigh develops the aligned learning material and is an accredited training provider, assessor and moderator, authorised to assess the relevant retail NQF Unit Standards. Leigh facilitates the core Leadership topics e.g. Change Management, Decisionmaking, Talent Management, Cultural Diversity and HR Management.

Derick Gideons - Team Leader: Learnership Campus


A key member of the team, has studied law, has practiced as an Educator, and as an HR PR actioner in a large retail store.

After operating as an intern at the Labour Court and CCMA, Derick ran the HR function at a large Alternative Energy Company.

Derick Is Retail Relate’s Edutainer and has the knack of getting the message through with very amusing yet appropriate analogies!

Keketso Tshehla – Team Leader: Management Campus


Keketso studied at the University of Johannesburg and qualified with a diploma in retail business management in 2015.  After completing a 12-month learnership at Dischem in January 2017, she joined the RelatED team as a training facilitator.  She is a dynamic presenter, and has a heart to see growth and development in others.

Senior Training Facilitators

Refilwe Ntshalintshali – Training Facilitator


Bongiwe started her own business in high school and received a diploma in Retail Management at UJ. Well able to manage the pressures of sales and those of store management, Bongiwe has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by those she trains.

Tshepo Modise – Training Facilitator


With Batho Pele (People First) as his creed, Tshepo is dedicated to training delegates to his utmost. Adaptable and attentive to any task given to him so that he can provide the best to both Retail Relate and his delegates. He qualified in Training Management at VUT.

Portia Lodi – Training Facilitator


Shaped by Retail Relate as a learner, Portia understands the challenges faced by young people. She is an outstanding mentor and a reliable support to those fortunate enough to be coached by her in our management and learnership programs.

Logistics team


Logistics team– arranges all the coordination and logistics required to support the projects – transport, venues and all other logistical requirements.



Jurgen Edmayr is RelatED's Financial Manager,  After studying for a B.Comm Accounting through Unisa, he started his career in finance six years ago. Prior to joining RelatED in 2017, he worked as a Group Accountant.  "I am passionate about what I do, as well as the company I work for - RelatED!," he says.


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Administrators – the support team.

Basic Skills Division

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Basic Skills Division - Fourteen trendy young individuals, mentoring and supporting