The expansion plan is dividing friends and neighbours and pitting businesses against traditions and the environment.
Now tensions have been heightened by the killing of Fikile Ntshangase, a 65-year-old environmental activist who was killed in front of her grandson outside her house in October.
Ntshangase was at the forefront of a challenge against the expansion of the Somkhele mine.
Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from Mpukunyoni in South Africa’s KZN province.
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