Favourable economic conditions will keep driving growth on the South African beer market, SABMiller believes.

South Africa still provides the country's leading brewer with its highest profit margins. The company's subsidiary there, SAB, saw EBITA rise 16% in the first six months of the year.

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, the managing director of SAB said: "I can't see why these trends should change in the next six months."

Tony van Kralingen added though that in the longer term it was more difficult to predict because the rand exchange rate and the health of the economy would affect SAB.