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Tuesday 15 January, 2002

SouthAfricanBrewerie

Trading Update

South African Breweries PLC
15 January 2002

               SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES PLC TRADING UPDATE

London and Johannesburg, 15th January 2002, South African Breweries plc, the
leading brewer in developing markets, today issued the following trading
update.

The company wishes to update the market on South African trading conditions
following the peak December trading period.  Beer South Africa's volumes
remain slightly ahead of last year's on a year to date basis, and we believe
that ABI's volume growth for the full year will be similar to that achieved at
the half.

At the time of the Interim Announcement in November 2001, segmental
information for the SABI Europe and Africa & Asia operations was provided.
For completeness the following segmental sales volume figures are now given
for the preceding year:


                              1st H 2001*        2nd H 2001*         1st H 2002
                               (hl 000's)         (hl 000's)         (hl 000's)

SABI Europe
Lager                              12 038              9 082             12 847
Other beverages                        75                 71                 94

SABI Africa & Asia
Lager                               9 423              7 693             12 347
Other beverages                     6 202              6 044              6 611

*Financial year ended 31st March 2001


-ENDS


Notes to editors:

South African Breweries is the world's leading brewer in developing markets,
with major brewing and distribution operations in Central and Eastern Europe,
Africa, Asia and Central America. It is the world's fifth largest brewer by
overall volume with 108 breweries in 24 countries and over 31,000 employees.
In the year to 31st March 2001, SAB generated US$646 million pre-tax profit
from turnover of US$4.184 billion.  The company is listed on both the London
and the Johannesburg stock exchanges.

For further information:

Nick Chaloner
Director of Communications, SAB plc                      +44 (0) 20 7659 0119
                                                    Mob: +44 (0) 7880 502 755

Anna Miller Salzman
Head of Investor Relations, SAB plc                      +44 (0) 20 7659 0106
                                                    Mob: +44 (0) 7973 837 070

Ciaran Baker
Head of Corporate Communications, SAB plc                +44 (0) 20 7659 0120
                                                    Mob: +44 (0) 7979 954 493