A head of civil engineering in South Africa was fired after stating that women prefer family and parenting to work in business.
Manglin Pillay, director of Saice, said that few women are dedicated to scientific professions because they are "more predisposed to care", during his column in the July issue of the internal magazine of the company Civil Engineering.
Although he later apologized for his comments, the company said they had canceled their contract due to the concern of the readers of Saice's magazines, of which only 5% are women.
Mr. Pillay relied primarily on a discussion about why more men than women start careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Manglin Pillay, head of Saice, who said that few women are engaged in scientific professions because they are "more predisposed to care" have been dismissed
He added that there are more men seeking high profile executive positions because of their "appetite for workload and extreme performance requirements at that level."
The former head of the company believed that "type A personalities that are sometimes unpleasant, and highly competitive, addicted to work, with almost no family, social or hobby time".
According to Mr. Pillay, "the reason why women do not hold these positions is that women prefer to have the flexibility to dedicate themselves to more important companies, such as family and child-raising, than to be available to shareholders" .
From its WomEng founder, Hema Vallabh, said that this sends a message that discrimination will no longer be tolerated.
His departure has been well received by the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa, saying it would help in the fight against sexism.
He was also criticized by the Minister of Science of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who argued that the lack of support for women was the problem and not the attitudes, reported Fin24.
Mr. Pillay issued an apology to counter and offend so many people, in August, however, this has not been enough to resolve the controversy.
The president of Saice, Errol Kerst, said the response had been so great that the "ramifications of the article" could not be ignored.
Since its WomEng founder, Hema Vallabh, said that this sends a message that discrimination will no longer be tolerated.
His departure was welcomed by the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa, saying it would help fight against sexism