So as a good public citizen I reported the problem to our local Vumatel Twitter account, and they promised to have it fixed.
And, true to their word they sent someone to "fix" it, and the one on the opposite side of the road.@donnedwards Hi Donn, we will get on this today. Thanks for letting us know— CAD (@Vuma_CAD) October 14, 2016
So I reported it again. And again they sent someone to "fix" the problem.What were they thinking @vumatel? Instead of closing the manhole properly, they put the spikes sticking out. Nearly injured @CleanerJoburg https://t.co/jMIVTiVNOF— Donn Edwards (@donnedwards) October 14, 2016
Update Monday 17 October 2016: Since Vumatel took the whole day to do nothing. I fixed it myself, with some sticky take and a piece of aluminium that they left lying around. Clearly they don't care if anyone opens the unlocked manhole cover and sabotages their stuff.