As in this article there is a need to bring widespread appreciation to the citzenry of the massive, systemic effects mining is having on landscapes and particularly the functioning of river catchments. The Oliphants Catchment is the most mined river basin in South Africa - and mining is conducted by many of the same companies operating in Australia.
Australian's should look to the Oliphants to see how bad it can become.
This article is striking partly because of the photography. The author flew over the area with a Bateleurs pilot – they fly as volunteers for environmental causes.