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Cape Town – A mine linked to the Gupta family has not been awarded a contract to supply coal for the Arnot power plant, Eskom has said.

This after it was reported on Friday that state-owned Eskom was buying coal for its Arnot power plant from a mine that’s being bought by a company controlled by the Gupta family - who are friends of President Jacob Zuma - after a 40-year contract with Exxaro Resources was cancelled.

This was according to three people with knowledge of the situation, who said Optimum Coal had been supplying coal to Arnot since the beginning of the year, Bloomberg reported.

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