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SouthAfricanBrewerie (SAB)

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Thursday 28 June, 2001



South African Breweries PLC
28 June 2001


 Ref: 01/2001


London, 28 June 2001: South African Breweries plc (SAB), one of the world's
leading brewers with operations in 22 countries, today announces it has
acquired, through its subsidiary company, SAB India Limited (SABI), a
controlling 76% interest in Mysore Breweries Limited (MBL), a company listed
on the Bangalore Stock Exchange. The purchase consideration for SAB's interest
is US$ 17.6 million, or 500 rupees per share.  Under the terms of Securities
and Exchange Board of India regulations, a simultaneous public offer will be
made to the MBL minority shareholders. The acquisition will be funded from
SAB's internal resources.

Strategically, MBL will afford SABI access to the important southern Indian
beer markets of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which are three of
the four largest beer consuming states in India.

Graham Mackay, CEO of SAB plc said:  'This latest acquisition continues our
strategy of building local dominance and investing in fast growing markets.
MBL complements SAB's existing operations in India and will provide
substantial opportunities for future expansion in the country, which with its
population of over one billion people and low per capita beer consumption,
offers significant growth potential.'

The MBL Group operates two breweries with a combined capacity of 480 000
hectolitres, situated at Bangalore and Aurangabad, employing a total of 250

In the financial year ended 31 March 2000, the MBL Group reported turnover and
operating profit of US$18.5 million and US$2.3 million respectively.


Notes to editors

1.            South African Breweries is the world's leading brewer in
emerging markets, with major brewing and distribution operations in Africa,
Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.  It is the world's fifth largest brewer
overall by volume with 82 breweries in 22 countries and over 34,000 employees.
  In the year to March 31 2001 SAB generated US$731 million pretax profit from
a turnover of US$4.184 billion.  The company is listed on both the London and
the Johannesburg stock exchanges.

2.            SAB has operated in India since October 2000, when it bought the
Narang Brewery, located near Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  The
brewery, which has a capacity of 120,000 hectolitres, has recently been
modernized and commenced full production in April 2001. The company has set up
its Corporate Office in New Delhi.

For further information:

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

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

Salome Brown, Corporate Communications,
SAB plc                                       +27 (0) 11 407 1700

     This announcement is available on the SAB website at


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