Beer arrived in South Africa with its first white settlers and has been brewed here for more than 300 years. On October 4, 1658, Jan van Riebeeck wrote in his diary that the first beer was brewed in the Cape on that day. Castle Beer accompanied South African soldiers to theaters in East Africa and the Mediterranean during World War II, but apart from their participation in Europe, South Africa was relatively unaffected by World War II. Nicoli Nattrass, “Controversies about Capitalism and Apartheid in South Africa”, Jl Southern African Studies, XVII, 4 (December).
Stroyan faced a serious challenge the following year, when hostilities during World War I disrupted the supply of bottles to South Africa. Another economic depression hit South Africa after the war, but the steady growth in demand for beer reduced many of the detrimental effects of the depression. Often, these companies had no choice but to reinvest their excess capital in South African companies, which in turn has given them a more crucial interest in solving social and human rights problems in South Africa. SAB was invited to revitalize the beer industry in Tanzania, a joint venture with that country's government in Tanzania Breweries Limited, and to re-enter the beer markets of Zambia, Mozambique and, later, Angola.
In 1999, after being listed on the London Stock Exchange to raise capital for acquisitions, the group bought the Miller Brewing Company in North America from the Altria Group in 2002 and changed its name to SABMiller. In 1955, the South African government introduced a heavy tax on beer products, which caused many consumers to switch to spirits. While the new company controlled 90% of the beer market in South Africa, the outdated production facilities reduced profit margins. The myth of Charles Glass, the master brewer and businessman who founded Castle Brewery on the Rand in the 1880s, describes Glass as an adorable beer baron, a pioneer of brewing and sociability.
An example of this was National Sorghum Breweries (NSB), a black business consortium founded in 1990 and the first new player in the beer industry in more than 10 years. The company's first international company was in 1910, when it founded Rhodesian Breweries in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Business in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania for Asahi Breweries Group Holdings, Ltd. The transaction, which had an implicit value of approximately 1.9 billion rands, meant that the empowerment group Tsogo Investments acquired control of Southern Sun Hotels, then the largest hotel group in Southern Africa, as well as Tsogo Sun, a leading casino operator in South Africa.
After the construction of the new Castle Brewery, South African United Breweries offered additional shares that were bought by the largest investment firms in South Africa. Dreher Premium Lager was launched in South Africa that same year and, in recent years, the company has made a number of innovations in the categories of spirit drink coolers and apple beer.