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Coal of Africa’s (CoAL’s) chief operations officer Michael Jakobus Bronn was fined for insider trading that took place even after he was instructed by the company’s CEO not to trade shares, the Financial Services Board (FSB) said on Wednesday.

The FSB’s enforcement committee fined Bronn R350,000 for buying 117,000 shares on the JSE in May 2015, three days before the company announced it had been granted a mining right, it said. Bronn was aware at the time that the Department of Mineral Resources had approved an application for the company’s Makhado project, the FSB said.

The trade occurred despite instructions from the company’s CEO not to trade in shares until the announcement was published, it said. Three days after purchasing the shares, the announcement was published and CoAL’s share price rose to a record high.

"No additional comment is required as the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate authorities who followed due process," CoAL said.

The enforcement committee imposed the fine on February 28. Bronn was ordered to pay the investigation costs of his case in addition to the penalty, the FSB said.

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