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The failure of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) board to act quickly on an irregular certificate it issued on behalf of a Gupta-owned Tegeta mine is one of the reasons the government wants to suspend its board. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gave the SABS board members, including CEO Boni Mehlomakulu, a notice of intention to suspend them and to place the entity under administration. They have until Friday respond to the minister. SABS allegedly issued an irregular certificate of approval of noncompliant coal delivered by the Tegeta’s Brakfontein Mine to Eskom. It has emerged that a Tegeta employee was present at the SABS testing station in August 2015 when the certificate of approval was issued. Third parties are not allowed during testing procedures.

Earlier this year former head of Eskom generation Matshela Koko justified the acceptance of noncompliant coal by Eskom on the basis that it had been given a certificate of approval by SABS. The SABS plays a c...

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