Theuns Eloff, the nonexecutive chairman of poultry giant Astral Foods, will no longer be out of pocket. On Thursday sanity prevailed at Astral’s reconvened general meeting, where shareholders overwhelmingly approved Eloff’s (dare we say, modest?) remuneration package of R1.1m. In April Astral found itself in the awkward position of not being able to pay its nonexecutive chairman after shareholders at a general meeting voted against a resolution to approve Eloff’s remuneration package.This general meeting was held after shareholders voted down the relevant special resolution around Eloff’s remuneration at an annual general meeting in February 2018. It would have been a travesty if Eloff was out of pocket since Astral has enjoyed one of its best financial years, with profits booming and shareholders being rewarded with a bumper dividend. Thursday’s general meeting was in stark contrast to the last assembling of shareholders. About 27.6-million shares — or 71% of Astral’s issued shares...

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