See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
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Most research conducted by the Lean Institute Africa is done in association with MBA students of the UCT Graduate School of Business. To access free copies of MBA research reports, please contact GSB.
The Lean Institute Africa is the local, authorised distributor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in the USA and as such, distributes books, DVDs and training materials on their behalf.
On the Cusp of the next Industrial Revolution Last year a student approached me to take part in her research entitled ‘The adaption of lean implementation techniques for an industry 4.0 revolution’. I admit my immediate reaction was: ‘This...read more
How reading lean books empowered people and transformed the managerial culture at an industrial bakery in the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa. Read the full story on Planet Lean.read more
In the first of a series of interviews with Lean Global Network directors, Rose Heathcote – the new CEO of Lean Institute Africa – shares her thoughts on the future of Africa and on women in business.Read the full interview with Rose Heathcote...read more
A ground-breaking project in which lean management is being applied in South African state hospitals is delivering impressive results in various departments – including reducing patient waiting times by up to 86%, an 80% reduction in neo-natal...read more
Newly appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Rose Heathcote talks about the significance of applying ‘Lean Thinking’ to improve outcomes aligned with the purpose and strategy of healthcare organisations. Read the full article here.read more
Could it be that we are Natural Born Problem-Solvers? Asks Tshepo Thobejane in the June Newsletter. 'We could debate that not all of us have the same ability to problem-solve or we may disagree on the problems that deserve our attention. Empowering employees to become...read more
Would you do me a favour? Would you pause for a moment and consider this question?: What preoccupies you; what thoughts, concerns, hopes and fears drift about and ‘occupy’ your mind? Read more of our April 2018 newsletterread more
Cape Town, the city where the Lean Institute Africa is based, faces the very real probability that it will run out of water due to an unprecedented drought. “Day Zero”, the day when the taps will be turned off - because there will not be enough water supply in the...read more
Rose Heathcote has been appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) as of 1st March 2018. Read the full article, published on Engineering News here.read more
Lean Management offers a truly exceptional approach to leading the organisation to places it’s never been before. With Purpose clarified, you: focus to the needs of the customer with earnest, bring them more value with less effort, grow seasoned problem-solvers who...read more
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An initiative to improve staff efficiency and reduce patient waiting times in Gauteng has proved to be a success.In 2015 the Lean Institute was asked to implement the principles of 'lean management' at four of Gauteng’s largest...
The Lean Institute Africa is a non-profit company with the aim of promoting Lean Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are a specialised unit of the Graduate School of Business (UCT). Rose Heathcote is the CEO of the Lean Institute Africa. She...
Since Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) officially opened its doors 80 years ago it has become one of Cape Town’s premier tertiary academic hospitals. From when the first heart transplant was performed to present day, innovation has remained at the...
One of the core principles of lean thinking is the reduction of waste, which can be defined as anything that doesn’t add value to the customer. Industrial Engineer and Facilitator at the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Tshepo Thobejane, talks...
In the lead up to the Lean Summit Africa 2018 taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from 30 October to 1 November 2018, invited speaker and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Dr Bhavna Patel, talks about her hospital’s experience in...