Cape Town – In the July edition of the Civil Engineering magazine, the CEO of the South African Institute for Civil Engineering (SAICE) Manglin Pillay, heavily criticised the presence of women in the industry.
In his article, Pillay expressed whether it was necessary to support women entering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Furthermore, he claims that men dominate executive positions because of their eagerness to put in more work. Whereas, to him, women are more focused on child-rearing.
WomENG, an organization for women in engineering, called on SAICE to reassess their CEO due to the sexist remarks.
SAICE has expressed that Pillay’s comments do not reflect the position of the institute. They will release a formal statement after their emergency board meeting on 8 August.