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 tape 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.
Update 20 April 2017: Six months later and all but 2 of the manhole covers in the area are either unlocked, or the cover is upside down with the spiky stuff sticking out. They don't give a damn, but I will suffer from an internet outage when some bored kid with too much time on his hands decides to vandalize the cables for the hell of it.
These photos taken on 18 January 2017:
These photos taken and tweeted to Vumatel on 17 March 2017: