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Vincent Maphai Joins SAB Ltd

13 February 2009

Johannesburg, 13 February 2009 - The South African Breweries (SAB) Ltd has announced that as of 1 March 2009 Dr Vincent Maphai, former chairman of BHPBilliton Southern Africa, will be joining the brewer as Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation.   

Maphai, who was Corporate Affairs Director of SAB from 1999 to 2004, provided significant leadership during his original tenure, and played a pivotal role in making SAB one of the consistently most-admired companies in South Africa. 

"We're very pleased to welcome Vincent back," says SAB Managing Director, Norman Adami.  "He not only understands our business well, but he also has a keen personal appreciation for the unique soul of SAB."

Says Maphai:  "I'm delighted to be re-joining SAB, and particularly pleased with the number of opportunities and challenges I've been given as part of my new portfolio."

"Vincent is uniquely suited for his new role with us - he is one of South Africa's most well-respected leaders, with substantial accomplishments in business, academia and public policy" Adami added.

For more information, contact Janine van Stolk on 082 924 2267 or Dominique van Onselen on 082 802 8184


Dr Vincent Maphai is currently chairman of the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP) which is acknowledged globally as one of the most effective programmes of its kind in the world.  He will remain chairman of NRGP.

Until recently he was the executive chairman of BHPBilliton Southern Africa. He joined Billiton after a five year period as Corporate Affairs Director at the South African Breweries (SAB). 

In recent years he has been chairman of Castle Brewing Namibia and an extraordinary Professor of Unisa.  He also serves on the board of Discovery Holdings and Taquanta, an empowerment consortium which acquired about 30% of Nedbank Treasury Asset Management, Nedcor Treasure Management Services and NiB Securities in an empowerment deal in late 2004.

He served a term as chairman of the SABC board in February 1999, almost four years after leaving his post as associate professor and head of the political science department at the University of the Western Cape.

The son of marginally educated shebeen owners, Dr Maphai ended up as a highly regarded academic, who enjoyed stints at such universities as Harvard, Stanford and Princeton.

The third eldest in a family of seven, Dr Maphai was born in Bantule, a vibrant township near the Pretoria central business district, which the apartheid state bulldozed, moving its inhabitants to Atteridgeville in 1953.

He headed the Presidential Review Commission, a body set up by then president Nelson Mandela to investigate government restructuring and service delivery, Dr Maphai had been seconded to the commission by the Human Sciences Research Council, which he had joined as executive director of social dynamics in 1996, after a year-long stint at Stanford University. 

After earning a BA degree from the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1975, Dr Maphai went on to the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium where he completed a Bachelor of Philosophy cum laude in 1976. This was followed by a master's degree in philosophy, which he obtained magna cum laude in 1978 from the same university.

He also holds a PhD from the University of Natal an honours degree in international politics from Unisa, and completed the Advanced Management Programme from Harvard University.  He lectured at the University of Transkei, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, and the University of the Western Cape.

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