Cape Town – Following the emergency board meeting held by the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), it was announced that CEO Manglin Pillay would keep his position despite sexist remarks published in the Civil Engineering magazine.
Pillay published an article where he discussed the alleged challenges women in the industry face. He then went on to say that women did not occupy many executive positions. This, he explains, is because men are more enthusiastic to work longer and take on challenging tasks.
Organization for women in engineering, WomENG, has appealed for the CEO to be removed by the SAICE. SAICE has apologized and distanced itself from Pillay’s comments.
In their statement released on Wednesday, SAICE said that Pillay will not be removed from his position. They claim that despite the views expressed, they cannot ignore the contribution Pillay has made to the sector over the past eight years. SAICE aims to redress gender issues through policies and campaigns.
WomENG has expressed their disappointment in the stance taken by SAICE. It says that this decision reflects the apathy SAICE shows towards discrimination of women in the engineering sector.