Unaudited Preliminary Group Results for the year ended 31 August 2006
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The board of directors has approved a distribution of 22 cents per share (2005: 18.5 cents per share) comprising a final cash dividend of 6.8 cents per share and a distribution out of share premium of 15.2 cents per share in lieu of a dividend (collectively “the distribution”) payable on Monday, 18 December 2006 to shareholders recorded in the register of the company at the close of business on Friday, 8 December 2006.

The last day to trade (“cum” the distribution) in order to participate in the distribution will be Friday, 8 December 2006 and the shares will trade “ex distribution” from the commencement of business on Monday, 11 December 2006. The record date will be Friday, 15 December 2006.

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Monday, 11 December 2006 and Friday, 15 December 2006, both dates inclusive.

By order of the Board

ALLAN SCOTT
Company Secretary

1 November 2006



Registered address Cnr Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town 8001, PO Box 5142, Cape Town 8000

Directors D.M. Nurek* (Chairman), P.F.K. Eagles*, M. Harvey, D.A. Kneale† (Chief Executive Officer), R.L. Lumb*, E. Osrin*, M. Rosen*, R.V. Smither*, L.A. Swartz*, K.D.M. Warburton (Chief Financial Officer)
* non-executive † British

Transfer Secretaries Computershare Investor Services 2004 (Proprietary) Limited, 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg 2001. PO Box 61051, Marshalltown 2107

Sponsor Investec Bank Limited

Registration Number 1996/000645/06  Share code: NCL  ISIN: ZAE000014585