Lean Institute Africa, South Africa

+27 21 406 1477
Mailing Address
Graduate School of Business Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Western Cape, South Africa
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The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) was established in 2008 by Emeritus Prof Norman Faull as a section 21 non-profit company with the aim of promoting lean management in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

LIA’s mandate is to deepen our understanding of the effective implementation of lean management through research and practice. LIA’s applied research approach enables it to provide high-quality content in its workshops, experience based facilitation in our educational programmes and high-impact results for the private and public sector organisations with which it partners.

In the past decade LIA has convened five national conferences on lean management, drawing on renowned international speakers such as Jim Womack, Dan Jones, John Shook, Mike Rother and Michael Balle.


Rose Heathcote



Rose Heathcote is Lean Institute Africa’s CEO and is dedicated to helping African organizations advance their learning and application in Lean Thinking. For more than 20 years, she has focused on raising the performance of enterprises in most industry sectors in Africa, Middle East, UK and India through the integration of Lean techniques into a management system to ultimately create a Lean culture . She has been privileged to work with 100+ companies, from micro through to large internationals, supporting them with:

  • Strategy and Execution in Lean Thinking
  • Corporate and Individual Learning and Development
Rose has a background in Industrial Engineering and is the author of Clear Direction and Making a Difference.

Anton Grutter



Anton Grütter has taught operations management at a number of South African universities for many years and recently in China as well. He has trained and advised on process improvement and organisational transformation for more than 25 years and did his PhD research on the effectiveness of the implementation of lean practices at medium-sized manufacturers. At present most of his work is on learning how to deploy sustainable lean management systems in the justice and healthcare systems in the South African public sector.