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See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
We are constantly learning so please let us know if you find any other sites you think should be added.



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. Here is a recent list of Lean-related Research Reports.



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.

Newsletters, Articles and Webinars

Lean Summit Africa 2016

Our eighth Lean Summit Africa took place between the 19th and the 21st of October 2016. Thank you to all of those who participated, especially our sponsors: The Western Cape Government's Department of Economic Development and Tourism Automotive Industry Development...

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Exploring the softer side of lean – September 2016 Newsletter

Have you come to this page from our email newsletter? Click here to continue reading where the email ended. “Lean conversational skills”: have you ever heard the expression? What might it mean? What it means, for me, is a form of dialogue characterized by: • discovery...

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Lean Management, more than just waste elimination

This article is reproduced from the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries' Business Intelligence Report, printed in March 2016. You can download the original pdf here. CZI hosted a three day Introduction to Lean Management workshop from 8 – 9 February, 2016 in Harare...

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Outcomes of our Toyota Kata survey

Thank you to all those who filled out our Toyota Kata survey, we had 37 responses and a wide variety of responses among them. Here is a summary of the answers (scroll down in the window below to see them all): If you are browsing on a mobile device, you might like to...

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Our new mission statement – January 2016 Newsletter

As 2015 came to a close, it gave us the opportunity to reflect on an exciting year, working mostly in the health care and justice systems. The work that LIA is doing in the public sector has its challenges, but it was also very gratifying to work with people so...

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Why We Believe People-Free Plants and Services Prevent Learning

Rose Heathcote, Lean Institute Africa CEO, contributed to this piece by the 'Lean Sensei Women' published on the Lean Post. "In our new Digital era, some dream of people-free production lines. First because machines are expected to do repetitive and complex tasks in a...

Eye on education creating a work-life balance

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...

The 8 Types of Waste in Healthcare

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...

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