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SAB opens its R650-million Ibhayi Brewery

8 March 2001

The South African Breweries Limited today (March 8) officially unveiled its R650-million Ibhayi brewery at Perseverance near Port Elizabeth. Built in a record time of 18 months – the previous record was 22 months – Ibhayi, which has an annual production capacity of 230 million litres of beer, will supply the bulk of the beer needs of the Eastern and Southern Cape regions.

SAB Ltd’s chairman, Norman Adami, noted that one of the company’s guiding principles for the Ibhayi project was to allocate spending locally wherever possible. Sixty percent was allocated to South Africa, and more than R155 million was spent in the Eastern Cape alone, exceeding the original forecast by more than R55 million. Of this amount, 34 percent was spent with previously disadvantaged companies. "During the construction phase, Ibhayi created hundreds of jobs in the Eastern Cape region. More important though, was the skills training that accompanied those jobs. All our contractors were obliged to ensure that successful applicants be equipped with the necessary job skills. As a result, there is now a pool of skilled artisans who can add value to any other project in the region," Mr Adami said.

The state of the art brewery has one of the largest and most efficient packaging lines in the world which, at full capacity, can fill 50 000 750ml bottles an hour – approximately 14 a second.

"Ibhayi can hold its own with any brewery in the world. It is one of the best. We are convinced it will maintain the fine brewing tradition of the Eastern Cape region, which has won numerous awards in the past, and produce world-class beers for many years to come," Mr Adami said.

The brewery was officially opened by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin.

Released by Westcom Public Relations on behalf of The South African Breweries Limited. For further information, please contact David Williams, Communications Manager of SAB on (011) 881 8679.

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