By Agnieszka Flak and Julie Crust

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s handling of two disputed mine right awards has damaged the resource-rich country’s reputation and raised investor concerns over transparency and governance.

Kumba Iron Ore, a unit of Anglo American, and Lonmin have said the government deprived them of mining rights when it awarded prospecting licences, some to people linked to high-ranking officials, over areas where the two mining giants operated.

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