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SouthAfricanBrewerie (SAB)

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Monday 01 July, 2002


Result of EGM

South African Breweries PLC
1 July 2002

                                                     SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES PLC

                                             RESULTS OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

                     Graham Mackay, Chief Executive of SAB said:  'We are looking forward to working closely
                     with our new colleagues in the USA to further strengthen and develop our presence there.
                     We will continue our strategy to develop our business in markets where we are established
                     and seek value-adding investments where opportunities present themselves.'


                     Notes to Editors

                     1. An announcement of SAB's agreement with Philip Morris Companies Inc to acquire Miller
                        Brewing Company was made on 30 May 2002.  A Circular and Notice of Meeting was posted
                        to shareholders on 8th June 2002.  SAB, subject to completion, will acquire 100% of the
                        Miller Brewing Company, including existing net debt of US$2,000 million, from Philip
                        Morris Companies Inc for a consideration of 430 million SAB shares.

                     2. The special resolutions at today's EGM were:

                     a.       Resolution 1

                              To approve:

                              i.    The acquisition of  Miller

                              ii.   The adoption of a new employee share option scheme for predominantly US             
                                    employees and certain amendments to the Company's existing share option schemes;

                              iii.  Certain changes to the Articles of Association and authorised share capital of      
                                    the Company, the conversion of certain ordinary shares into non-voting              
                                    convertible shares, an increase in the authority of the Directors to allot          
                                    relevant securities and the disapplication of statutory pre-emption rights and      
                                    the change of the Company's name to 'SABMiller plc'; and

                              iv.   The granting of statutory authority to the Directors to allot shares in             
                                    satisfaction of claims pursuant to the transaction agreement relating to Miller     
                                    and the disapplication of the statutory pre-emption rights in connection with the   
                                    allotment of such shares.

                     b.       Resolution 2

                              To approve:

                              i.    The granting of statutory authority to the Directors to allot relevant securities   
                                    in a placing otherwise than prorata to existing shareholders; and

                              ii.   The disapplication of the statutory pre-emption rights in connection with the       
                                    allotment of the placing of securities.

                      3. Upon completion, SABMiller plc will be a major force in the brewing and beverage
                         industry worldwide. By volume it will be the world's second largest brewer, employing
                         over 38,000 people across the globe in 111 breweries. The company will have a portfolio
                         of strong brands in the majority of countries in which it has brewing operations and,
                         in many markets, it also will have a leading market share. It will be the sixth largest
                         bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world.

                      4. SABMiller plc will continue to be listed on both the London and the Johannesburg stock

                     Further Information:

                     Nick Chaloner                       +44 (0) 20 7659 0119
                     Director of Communications


                     Ciaran Baker                        +44 (0) 20 7659 0120

                     Investor Relations:

                     Caroline Metcalfe                   +44 (0) 20 7659 0113

                     Tanya Tracey                        +44 (0) 20 7659 0105

        This announcement is available on the SAB website.

                      This information is provided by RNS
            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange