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Former Managing Director of Rail for Hatch Engineering, Henk Bester, has told the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg that he was approached by Gupta associate Salim Essa who wanted Hatch to include Essa's company as a supplier partner for a Transnet Rail Project worth 27 billion rand. Bester says Essa demanded at the Melrose Arch meeting in April 2013 that he be partnered with Hatch for the Transnet business at a cost of 80 million rand. Bester says he first encountered Essa when he took over an earlier meeting which Hatch executives had arranged with former Transnet Chief Financial Anoj Singh to discuss payments.