South Africa Beer

Today in 1910, the Union of South Africa was formed from four British colonies; and on the same day in 1961, South Africa declared themselves a republic.

South Africa

South Africa Breweries

South Africa Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05% and 0.02% for professional drivers (trucks over 3.5 tonnes, and vehicles carrying passengers for reward) National Road Traffic Act, 1996


  • Full Name: Republic of South Africa
  • Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: IsiZulu (official) 23.82%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.64%, Afrikaans (official) 13.35%, Sepedi (offcial) 9.39%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.93%, Xitsonga (official) 4.44%, siSwati (official) 2.66%, Tshivenda (official) 2.28%, isiNdebele (official) 1.59%, other 0.5%
  • Religion(s): Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
  • Capital: Pretoria (administrative capital); Cape Town (legislative capital); Bloemfontein (judicial capital)
  • Population: 48,810,427; 26th
  • Area: 1,219,090 sq km, 25th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly less than twice the size of Texas
  • National Food: Bobotie
  • National Symbols: Springbok Antelope, Elephant (mammals), Blue Crane (bird); King Protea; Real yellowwood; Table Mountain
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: May 31, 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and Orange Free State); May 31, 1961 (republic declared)


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Label Requirements: N/A
  • Number of Breweries: 30


  • How to Say “Beer”: bier
  • How to Order a Beer: A beer, ah-suh-bleef
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Amandla / Gezondheid (Afrikaans)
  • Toasting Etiquette: For a toast, South Africans raise their glasses and say “Cheers!” On less formal occasions, they sometimes clink their glasses together and say “Chin Chin.”


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 56%
  • Wine: 17%
  • Spirits: 16%
  • Other: 11%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 6.96
  • Unrecorded: 2.50
  • Total: 9.46
  • Beer: 3.93

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 7 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Sales Restrictions: Some for time, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 4

Prohibition: None


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