Rudy is an experienced SHEQ Legal advisor and has more than 30 years experience in criminal, maritime and environmental law. He is the CEO of the Cygma Group in South Africa, incorporating Cygma SHEQ (SA)(Pty)Ltd, Cygma Property Risk Management and Cygma Solutions. Rudy is also an Author for and was the Magazine's publisher until April 2018.
He worked for various industries, including law enforcement, fishing, transport, logistics, construction, and telecommunications. For the last 5 years, he has been a facilitator for ECSA accredited CPD training in Construction Contracts & Risk Management.

SHEQ mergers, acquisitions and the law

Reports by Creamer Media in 2017 on the acquisition of Pinnacle OHS Holdings (July 17) and subsequently the acquisition of Quality Safety (October 17) by the Durban based BBF Safety Group, have raised some concerns amongst smaller role players in the consulting arena. asked Rudy Maritz to unpack the legality and validity of these...

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The Safety Officer dilemma – How to overcome it!

In a recent Q&A session on social media, I asked a group of 4000 safety practitioners where the general duties of safety officers can be found in the OHSAct. The responses were scary to say the least, and the best one certainly deserves a mention. “Safety Officer doesn’t have legal duties, safety officer is an […]

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Construction Health & Safety Specifications & Contracts

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