SABMiller South Africa: Contextual Leadership in Transforming Culture
In March 2017, Ajay Maharaj Bachulal was starting his new position as plant manager at SABMiller plc's (SABMiller's) plant in Polokwane, South Africa. Bachulal had successfully led change at the company's brewery in another province, and he hoped to be as successful at the new plant. His dilemma was how to approach the workforce in Polokwane, and how to adapt to and make changes within the culture specific to that plant. While both plants adhered to SABMiller's system, policies, and procedures, Bachulal sensed that the approach of each plant to work and life was different. How would Bachulal's own leadership development process, and his efforts to change culture by empowering lower level employees in Polokwane, help him in a different province with distinct ethnic compositions, languages, and cultures? Caren Scheepers is affiliated with University of Pretoria.