Lean Institute Africa

Purpose | Process | People

Lean Transformation requires learning a new way of thinking and acting by addressing key questions of Purpose, Process and People.

Align PURPOSE, PROCESS and PEOPLE whilst nurturing a learning culture.

Get the competitive edge through a relentless focus on customer value and working smarter.

Enrich your learning, balance your work-life and transform the organisation.

Forge a new way of thinking and acting.


What is Lean?

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What we Do


Advance your knowledge and application.

Our programmes and workshops are certified by the Lean Institute Africa . . .


Support to your improvement journey.

Need sound advice from experienced strategic and implementation advisors . . .


Join our community.

To encourage the African lean community to advance their lean thinking and practice . . .


The Lean Institute Africa is a non-profit company promoting lean thinking in sub-Saharan Africa. We are a proud member of the Lean Global Network comprising more than 30 institutes globally.  Founded by Jim Womack and Dan Jones, the network is a community of thought-leaders and practitioners with the goal of making things better

Our vision is to contribute to better organisational outcomes and quality of life by advancing Lean Thinking and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

We aim to achieve our vision by building the community of lean practitioners through co-learning partnerships, action research and knowledge sharing.


Global Institutes



Dr. Jim Womack

Dr. Jim Womack

Founder and Advisor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Inc.



Founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy United Kingdom.

Emeritus Prof. Norman Faull

Emeritus Prof. Norman Faull

Founder and Chairman of the Lean Institute Africa.

client Feedback

“The idea that I can try and improve my own work processes, reduce waste and keep my work area well managed, clean and organised.”

client Feedback

“The simplicity and clear manner in which the workshop was presented. The facilitator conveyed the message and principles of lean in a manner in which any lean ‘beginner’ can understand.”

client Feedback

“The way in which we should go about adding value and problem solving. To be active about it – “Go see”. Be open minded and how to apply ways to benefit a system.”

Head Office

+27 21 650 3758

Graduate School of Business
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Cape Town

Our Global Network


SA Mass Vaccination Preparation: a View through a Small Window

U3A  (The University of the Third Age) hosted Prof. Norman Faull talking about the vaccine roll out in South Africa. Do take a look through his small window into the systems that will support this process and learn about his suggestions for simulations to strengthen...

As we learn by doing

One of the things that I appreciate the most about my work is the high amount of learning that goes together with doing my work. Recently I concluded a pilot project where we managed to reduce the average patient journey time (from arrival at the facility’s Admission...

A Call to Arms

The call to bare arms is now widespread. In Argentina. In Germany. In Indonesia. In fact, we see the call to arms in all the countries that have secured supplies of the vaccine to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a call for upper arms to be bared, and injected. Our...

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