Mr 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.

2021 committee attendance as mp

82% attendance rate

Attended 9 meetings out of 11

2020 committee attendance as mp

83% attendance rate

Attended 24 meetings out of 29

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

Attendance Methodology

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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

  • Update on South African Airways: DPE briefing 2 Jun 2021

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) noted that the understanding from experts is that it will take four to five years of loss-making before the new venture becomes profitable. Given that the R10.5 billion is needed for the SAA rescue plan, how can the subsidiaries use R2.7 billion of this? Will the ...
  • Alexkor 2019/20 Annual Report (input by organised labour) 26 May 2021

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that the report presented was damning, and it showed how the mine was being run like a spaza shop. The annual report glossed over the gross mismanagement and the dereliction of duty found at the entity. This is in contrast to the CEO’s statements that ...
  • Public Enterprises Budget: Committee Report; Alexkor oversight report 19 May 2021

    Mr D Mocumi, Committee Secretariat, reported that there were apologies from Ms O Maotwe (EFF), Ms M Clark (DA) and Mr G Cachalia (DA). Ms N Mazzone (DA) was present as an alternative. He said that six Committee Members was necessary in order for the documents to be adopted.
  • Department of Public Enterprises 2021/22 Annual Performance 12 May 2021

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that the presentation would be an adequate and a good presentation under normal circumstances. However, these were not normal circumstances. Under normal circumstances the Department would monitor, report, produce plans and measure against these things as the presentation attempted to do. The reality was very ...
  • SAA Business Rescue Update & SIU investigations 25 Mar 2021

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) stated that he had two tranche questions, one to the Minister and one to the BRP.

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Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Public Enterprises 4 Jun 2021

    With reference to Eskom suspending stage two load shedding between 10:00 and 14:00, in order for the nation to mourn the passing of the King on 18 March during the memorial service of King Goodwill Zwelithini, (a) How did Eskom arrive at the decision to suspend load shedding for the ...
  • Questions asked to the President of the Republic 1 Jun 2021

    Whether he received a gift and/or donation on behalf of the Government from a certain person (Mr Solly Noor) at a certain iftar gathering hosted by the Muslim Judicial Council in Cape Town on 6 May 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Social Development 8 Dec 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 Empowerment ...

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Plenary appearances

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