The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has apologised unreservedly for the recently published article titled Out on a Rib and the distress it has caused.

This comes after the institute called an emergency meeting of the Executive Board and distanced itself from the contents of an article written by CEO Manglin Pillay.

The Board further announced that it has accepted an apology from Pillay and that processes are being implemented to deal with this matter internally. It has also confirmed that Pillay will remain as its CEO.

“While the publication of Pillay’s article was unfortunate, we cannot ignore his invaluable contribution to SAICE and to the broader engineering sector over the past eight years. The Board has accepted his apology and his acknowledgement of the public furore this has caused,” said Errol Kerst, president of SAICE.

“The Board regrets the publication of Pillay’s article. Additional steps have been put in place internally to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Kerst has said that the Board has agreed to establish an inclusive team to intensify existing initiatives to redress gender and diversity issues within the engineering sector.