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South Africa - Beer

Total number of breweries: 7
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s): 30,598
Total lager volumes sold (hls 000s): 25,261
Average number of employees: 5,202

Our brewing operations in South Africa are managed through our wholly owned subsidiary, The South African Breweries Ltd (SAB Ltd).

Our South African beer business, which was founded in Johannesburg in 1895 and currently has over 97% of the South African market, was SABMiller’s original brewing company. Today SAB Ltd operates seven breweries in South Africa, including Newlands Brewery, which is South Africa’s oldest, Alrode, the largest brewery in the Southern hemisphere and Ibhayi brewery, which is one of the world’s most modern.

To support SAB Ltd’s production needs, SABMiller also has wholly owned interests in maltsters through Southern Associated Maltsters (Pty) Ltd, and in hop farms through South African Breweries Hop Farms (Pty) Ltd.

Brands include:
Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Castle Milk Stout, Hansa Pilsener, Carling Black Label, Sterling Light, Brutal Fruit, Redds, Miller Genuine Draft, Amstel, Pilsner Urquell

  1. Number of breweries, bottling plants, brewing and bottling capacities as at 7 June 2004 and are based on the definitions. Total volumes sold and average number of employees are for the year ended 31 March 2004.
  2. Employee figures exclude associates.

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SABMiller brewery in South Africa
Production facilities of SABMiller in South Africa
South-Africa - Beer
7 breweries