SA’s Burgh Group Holdings has won a temporary contract to keep mines linked to the Gupta family afloat. Other parties offered financing but Burgh "came without conditions", Louis Klopper, a bankruptcy proceedings manager at Coronado Consulting Group, said on Wednesday. He said Burgh was "an ideal partner" to provide technical expertise and banking facilities. He did not disclose financial terms. Various Gupta businesses are struggling as banks shun them following allegations the family used ties to former President Jacob Zuma to win contracts. Optimum Coal and six other companies were placed in business rescue in February and were unable to operate because India’s Bank of Baroda, the last lender in SA to have open accounts linked to the Guptas, was preparing to leave the country. In 2016, Burgh, led by coal entrepreneur Quinton van der Burgh, was involved in an attempt to buy Optimum’s coal-mine export allocation — a stake in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal — from the Guptas, but the...

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