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Release Date: 12/05/1999 16:13:06      Code(s): OMN
ROD HUMPHRIS NEW OMNIA GROUP MD
THE BOARD OF OMNIA HOLDINGS LTD IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR
ROD HUMPHRIS AS MANAGING DIRECTOR TO SUCCEED MR NEVILLE CROSSE, WHO WANTS TO
REDUCE HIS FULL TIME INVOLVEMENT AND WILL THUS REMAIN INVOLVED IN A NON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND IN A SUPPORT ROLE TO HUMPHRIS UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.
HUMPHRIS, CURRENTLY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE FERTILISER BUSINESS, HAS RISEN
STEADILY THROUGH THE RANKS SINCE JOINING THE GROUP IN 1982.
MR JOHAN PRETORIUS, CHAIRMAN OF OMNIA, SAID THAT "MR CROSSE HAD ADVISED THE
BOARD SOME TIME AGO OF HIS INTENTION TO DEVOTE MORE TIME TO HIS FAMILY AND
OTHER INTERESTS WHEN HIS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT ENDED. THE GROUP WAS ABLE TO PLAN
HIS SUCCESSION AND TO TRAIN THOSE CONCERNED WHO WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ASSUME
GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES. THE BOARD EXPRESSES ITS DEEP APPRECIATION TO CROSSE
FOR HIS EXCELLENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROWTH OF THE GROUP AND IS PLEASED TO
RETAIN HIS INVOLVEMENT AS A NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR".
CROSSE BECAME MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OMNIA FERTILIZER ON 1 APRIL, 1987 AND GROUP
MANAGING DIRECTOR ON 1 JANUARY 1990.
MR SCHALK LUBBE WILL BE REPLACING HUMPHRIS AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OMNIA
FERTILIZER. LUBBE WAS GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SASOLBURG FACTORY.
MR NAVIN SAYDAH TAKES OVER AS GENERAL MANAGER AT SASOLBURG.
OMNIA SPECIALITIES, WHICH AS THE NAME INDICATES, HANDLES SPECIALISED PRODUCTS,
HAS GROWN TO WHERE IT NOW BECOMES A SEPARATE ENTITY WITH MR ROB CLARKE AS
MANAGING DIRECTOR. HE WILL ALSO CONTINUE HANDLING OMNIA'S INTERNATIONAL
FERTILISER BUSINESS.
OMNIA HOLDINGS LIMITED IS A TOP 100 INDUSTRIAL HOLDINGS COMPANY LISTED ON THE
CHEMICALS SECTOR OF THE JSE. ITS SUBSIDIARIES ARE INVOLVED IN FERTILISERS,
MINING EXPLOSIVES, INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADING.
ISSUED BY 0MNIA HOLDINGS LIMITED ON MAY 11, 1999
ENQUIRIES:       ROD HUMPHRIS
                 TEL. (011) 709-8852
                 E-MAIL: RHUMPHRIS@OMNIA.CO.ZA



                                        
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