Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The problem of open manholes, which pose a danger to both children and adults, has persisted without resolution for many years.
This in spite of the reported death of several children in the townships as a consequence of this menace.
In most cases scrap metal thieves and sub-contractors have been blamed.
Equally blameworthy, though, are municipalities for their laxity in addressing the problem - as was the case in the tragic death at the weekend of three-year-old Delano Goeiman of the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Ekurhuleni.
A practical option is to make theft of metal unprofitable by forcing scrap metal dealers to stop buying stolen manhole covers.