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Omnia Holdings Limited - Disposal Of Alpha (proprietary) Limited`s 34.5% Equity

Release Date: 12/07/2002 16:17:41      Code(s): OMN
OMNIA HOLDINGS LIMITED - DISPOSAL OF ALPHA (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED`S 34.5% EQUITY 
STAKE IN OMNIA                                                                  
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)                                  
(Registration number: 1967/003680/06)                                           
Share Code: OMN                                                                 
ISIN Code: ZAE000005153                                                         
("Omnia" or the "Company")                                                      
Disposal of Alpha (Proprietary) Limited`s 34.5% equity stake in Omnia           
Oasis Asset Management ("Oasis") and Investec Asset Management ("Investec") have
between them in equal portions, acquired 10.6 million Omnia shares from Alpha   
(Proprietary) Limited ("Alpha") at a price of R12.50 per share. Another 3.4     
million Omnia shares were acquired from Alpha by Rand Merchant Bank ("RMB"),    
also at R12.50 per share.  Alpha, which held 14 million shares in Omnia         
Holdings, have consistently stated their intention to divest of their stake in  
Omnia as it was seen as non-core to Alpha`s business.                           
Oasis, Investec and RMB have acquired these shares, which represent 34.5% of    
Omnia`s total market capitalisation, on behalf of their respective asset        
management private clients.                                                     
Commenting on the transaction, Piet Viljoen, Portfolio Manager at Investec said:
"We are acquiring these Omnia shares as a long term investment as we believe    
Omnia is an excellent business with good management and a strong balance sheet. 
We believe there is significant upside in the share over the medium to long     
term".                                                                          
Johannesburg                                                                    
12 July 2002                                                                    
Date: 12/07/2002 04:16:10 PM Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za                     
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