Ghaleb Cachalia

National Assembly

Ghaleb Cachalia

About Ghaleb Cachalia

Mr Cachalia was born in Johannesburg in 1956 and grew up in Vrededorp, Fordsburg. He is the son of anti-apartheid activists, Yusuf and Amina Cachalia.

He was sent to Waterford School in Swaziland, in order to avoid the education offered under the "apartheid system of Indian Affairs". However, his schooling there was interrupted when the South African government threatened him with "passport issues" because of his parents' involvement in anti-Apartheid activism. He was sent abroad to stay with his uncle and aunt in Britain, where he was forced to remain for ten years.

While overseas, he completed his O Levels, received a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, and then went on to study history at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. He campaigned in the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to South Africa, and went to the University of the Witwatersrand to study law, a degree which he did not complete. While at the university, he joined the Black Students Society and became its vice-president.

Professionally, Mr Cachalia has a background in management consultancy and is the founder of Mentisfactum Advisory Services.

Mr Cachalia served as the DA's Deputy Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry during the Fifth Parliament.

Read more about Mr Cachalia in this blog feature.

2020 committee attendance as mp

86% attendance rate

Attended 19 meetings out of 22

2019 committee attendance as mp

88% attendance rate

Attended 15 meetings out of 17

2018 committee attendance as mp

94% attendance rate

Attended 78 meetings out of 83

2017 committee attendance as mp

88% attendance rate

Attended 21 meetings out of 24

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Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2018 [Source]

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business
Mentisfactrum (Pty)Ltd Financial Advisory, Consulting

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Erf 412 Residential Parktown North, Johannesburg
Unit 11 55 96/92 Residential Cape Town CBD
Section 505, The Piazza Residential Cape Town CBD

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Allan Gray Private
Liberty Life Private

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature
R100 100 Manufacturing (Pty)Ltd Ordinary
25% Springtrade CC

TRAVEL

Description Sponsor
Study Trip to Washington DC, visited various government agencies Friedrick Naumann Foundation

TRUSTS

Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number
discretionary trust in favour of daugther Trustee Luiza Cachalia Trust IT 889/85

Parliament Register of Members' Interests 2017 [Source]

PENSIONS

Source Public/Private
Liberty Life Private
Allan Gray Private
Stanlib Private
Momentum Private
Marriot Private

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature
R100 100 Mentisfactum (Pty)Ltd Ordinary
25% Springtrade CC Shares
R548 482 Shares Money Market stanlib Ordinary

TRUSTS

Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number
Discretionary Trust in Favor of Daughter (Luiza Amina Cachalia) Trustee Luiza Cachalia Trust IT 889/85

DIRECTORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIPS

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business
mentisfactum (Pty)Ltd Financial, Advisory Consulting

LAND AND PROPERTY

Description Extent Location
Section 505, The Piazza Residential Cape town
Erf 412 Residential Parktown North, Johannesburg
Unit 11 SS96/92 Residential Cape Town

Committee appearances

  • Transnet on progress made in addressing governance and financial challenges facing the company 2 Sep 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that Transnet was essentially a monopoly and despite some profitability, it had failed to do its job which was to provide public goods, enable the economy effectively at a competitive price and to lower the cost of doing business in South Africa.
  • Independent Electricity Management Operator Bill: Department of Public Enterprises & Eskom response 25 Aug 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that the fact that the presentation had been marked “secret” when it was clearly being shown publicly at the Committee meeting was indicative of the Department’s command and control mentality. There was consensus that the country did not have a functioning publicly-owned electricity utility ...
  • Update on government’s COVID-19 interventions 19 Aug 2020

    Mr M Cuthbert (DA) said that the Department had paraded the Competition Commission’s exploits in making sure that the capitalist pigs were not exploiting the masses, which was the way that the situation was framed and the narrative driven, but very little had been done about State-owned Enterprises (SoEs ...
  • Update by DPE on progress made in addressing governance challenges facing state-owned companies; Jamestown Petition 19 Aug 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that if one looked at the vision and mission statement at the beginning of the presentation, it had said that the aim was to create an enabling environment for SOCs, and to add real economic value by focusing on operational excellence, commercial viability and fiscal ...
  • DPE Budget: Committee Report 15 Jul 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) noted the reductions on the budget and they are relatively small especially considering the allocation on business enhancement transformation which has the largest chunk. He said that he would be interested in understanding the intent of that particular budget allocation as the largest allocation in terms ...

All Committee Appearances

Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Public Enterprises 21 Sep 2020

    (1) What are the relevant details of private shareholders who (a) have held shares in the SA Express Airways SOC Ltd (SA Express) since it was established and (b) currently hold shares; (2) What are the relevant details of shares traded during the life of SA Express, including the details ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure 8 Jun 2020

    (1)Whether her Department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture 25 May 2020

    (1) Whether his department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic ...

All Questions and Answers

Plenary appearances

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