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Johann Nel appointed Human Resources Director of SAB plc

20 March 2002

Johann Nel, 45, Human Resources Director for SAB Ltd in South Africa, has been appointed to the newly created role of Human Resources Director for SAB plc. Mr Nel, who will be based in SAB's head office at Stanhope Gate, London, will also join the Executive Committee.

Graham Mackay, Chief Executive said: "SAB's strategy and ongoing success remains reliant on our ability to develop and transfer skills throughout the group and this in turn places demands on our ability to recruit, develop and deploy the best talent. Johann brings with him leading expertise in these fields and he will play a vital role in the continuing global development of the group."

Mr Nel joined SAB Ltd as Human Resources Director in 1997. Prior to joining SAB, he was Managing Director of ITISA, a consulting company which specialised in the fields of organisational change, strategy and World Class manufacturing and service processes. He interacted with many national and multi-national organisations in this role including SAB.

Mr Nel said: "I am very much looking forward to this new challenge. Brewing is a mature industry in which the world's top companies are using similar technology, equipment, and even suppliers. What drives differentiation between our competitors and us is the quality of our people. I am excited at the prospect of playing a leading role in further enhancing the skills and talents of our outstanding workforce."

Mr Nel will take up the position from 1 April 2002.


Notes to editors

1. South African Breweries plc (SAB) is the world's leading brewer in developing markets, with interests in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Central America and Asia. SAB is the world's third largest brewer overall by volume with 108 breweries in 24 countries and over 31,000 employees.

2. In the year to 31 March 2001, SAB generated US$646 million pretax profit from a turnover of US$4.184 billion. SAB is listed on both the London and the Johannesburg stock exchanges.


Further inquiries:

Ciaran Baker

Head of Corporate Communications, SAB plc
+44 (0) 20 7659 0120

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