Interest of    
        Equity   Foreign     shareholders    
  Ordinary Preference   compen- General currency   Accu- of   Interest
  share share Share sation risk translation Hedging mulated Grindrod Minority of all
  capital capital premium reserve reserve reserve reserve profit Limited interest shareholders
  R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000 R000
Balance at 31 December 2007 9 2 189 061 9 868 5 525 20 776 (365 587) 3 518 678 3 378 332 60 643 3 438 975
Share options exercised     3 045           3 045   3 045
Share-based payments       2 865         2 865   2 865
Repurchase of shares     (192 106)         (20 833) (212 939)   (212 939)
Minority interest acquired                 (320) (320)
Minority interest disposed                 532 532
Profit for the year               2 248 782 2 248 782 20 412 2 269 194
Other comprehensive income       84 (5 525) 1 372 491 519 448 5 525 1 892 017 639 1 892 656
Total comprehensive income 84 (5 525) 1 372 491 519 442 2 254 307 4 140 799 21 051 4 161 850
Dividends paid               (599 406) (599 406) (19 591) (618 997)
Balance at 31 December 2008 9 2 12 817 1 393 267 153 855 5 152 746 6 712 696 62 315 6 775 011
Share options exercised     13 209           13 209   13 209
Share-based payments       22 954         22 954   22 954
Minority interest acquired                 29 633 29 633
Profit for the year               941 786 941 786 11 640 953 426
Other comprehensive income           (1 117 621) (323 376)   (1 440 997) 2 251 (1 438 746)
Total comprehensive income (1 117  621) (323 376) 941 786 (499 211) 13 891 (485 320)
Dividends paid               (511 668) (511 668) (7 693) (519 361)
Balance at 31 December 2009 9 2 13 209 35 771 275 646 (169 521) 5 582 864 5 737 980 98 146 5 836 126