Kgalagadi Breweries Limited

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Kgalagadi Breweries (Pty) Limited
Trading name KBL
Type Private company
Industry Brewing, Beverage
Predecessors Prinz Brau Botswana[1]
Founded 1970
Headquarters Gaborone, Botswana
Number of locations 1 Brewery,
4 Sorghum breweries,
1 Soft-drink plant.
Key people Batlang Mmualefe - Chairman
Johan de Kok - CEO
Revenue BWP 1,74 billion[2]
Owners SBHL - 60%
SABMiller - 40%
Website KBL on SABMiller

Coordinates: 24°37′52″S 25°55′08.6″E / 24.63111°S 25.919056°E / -24.63111; 25.919056

Kgalagadi Breweries (Pty) Limited are brewers based in Gaborone, Botswana. They produce lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license.[3] The brewery started out as Prinz Brau, with two brands, Prinz Brau and Prinz Deluxe.

Corporate timeline[edit]

  • 1960's Botswana Breweries Limited is started in Francistown to brew Chibuku traditional beer.
  • 1970s - Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SBHL) was set up to hold investments in the beverage sector.
  • 1977 - SAB acquires management control of KBL (40% equity stake). KBL begins bottling Coca-Cola products.
  • 1989 - SBHL is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange.
  • 1995 - New soft drink bottling line built in Gaborone.
  • 2009 - KBL launches St Louis Export.
  • 2013 - Botswana Breweries Ltd, was amalgamated with KBL.[4]

Botswana Breweries Limited[edit]

Botswana Breweries has four plants in Lobatse, Gaborone, Palapye and Francistown.

The products include

  • traditional opaque beer Chibuku - made from sorghum and maize.
  • Phafana (opaque beer)
  • non-alcoholic beverage Keone Mooka Mageu.

Product packs include a straight-sided screw-top 1 litre carton. A 750ml pack and a draught.[5]


The shares of Kgalagadi Breweries Limited are privately held. The shareholding in the company's stock as at December 31, 2012 was as depicted in the table below:[6]

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 Sechaba Brewery Holdings 60
2 SABMiller Botswana BV 40
Total 100.00
  • By virtue of its shareholding in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited and Sechaba Brewery Holdings of 40% and 16.8% respectively, SABMiller's total direct and indirect shareholding in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited and Botswana Breweries Ltd is 50.08%. This makes both companies subsidiaries of SABMiller and associates of Sechaba Brewery Holdings.

Alcohol levy[edit]

In 2008, Ian Khama proposed an alcohol levy of 70% to reduce alcoholism in Botswana, there was resistance and the levy was imposed at 30%. and by November 2009 this had the desired effect causing delines of 35% in lager sales volume and 14% in traditional beer sale volumes.[7] In response to the negative statutory environment the brewery cut costs and maximised efficiencies. Non-alcoholic brands were developed to compensate for the fall in traditional brands. In six month report (September 2013) the levy was at 45% and the decrease in alcohol brands had dropped a further 8%.[8] New brands developed include Source bottled water and Keone Mooka Mageu.


  • St Louis (1989) 3.5% ABV
  • St Louis Export 4.7% ABV
  • Castle Lager 5% ABV
  • Castle Lite 4% ABV
  • Ohlsson’s Lager
  • Lion Lager 5% ABV
  • Carling Black Label 5.5% ABV
Traditional Beers (Opaque beers)
  • Chibuku
  • Phafana
Non-alcoholic brands
  • Source Water - accredited by the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS)
  • Bonaqua Still Water
  • Keone Mooka Mageu - a traditional fermented porridge
Soft Drinks
  • Coca-cola
  • Coke Zero
  • Fanta Orange
  • Fanta Grape
  • Fanta Pineapple
  • Sprite
  • Iron Brew
  • Ginger Stoney
  • Pine Nut
  • Minute Maid
  • Cream-Soda
  • Burn
  • Powerade

Social responsibility programs[edit]

  • Kickstart is an entrepreneur development programme for 18-30 year olds providing mentorship and training to over 107 young entrepreneurs, 80% of participants are still trading.
  • Project Tshelang (Stay alive) launched in 2001 aims to prevent new infections and provide employees and their families with awareness and counselling programs. There are currently 74 trained and active peer educators.


  1. ^ "Kgalagadi Breweries celebrates 40 years of brewing excellence". 15 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sechaba Brewery defies odds as revenues go up 11.6 percent". 10-06-2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited". BSE. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ "About us - Where we operate - Africa - Botswana - Overview". SABMiller. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  5. ^ "KBL and BBL, Kgalagadi Breweries, KBL, Botswana Breweries Limited, BBL, Brewery, SABMiller". Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited 2012 Annual Report". SAB Miller. Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited. December 31, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ Cropley, Ed (18 Nov 2009). "Botswana booze tax hits Sechaba Brewery's sales". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sechaba H1 profits high". Botswana Guardian. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.