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 now serves as the DA's Deputy Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry.

2019 committee attendance as mp

82% attendance rate

Attended 9 meetings out of 11

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 2017 [Source]


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


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


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


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


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

Committee appearances

  • Committee minutes 19 Mar 2019

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) commented that he was relatively new to formal politics and had only come into the game two years previously and had, almost immediately, been sent to that Committee. It was an important Committee, ably led by a sound, punctilious leader. He was grateful for that. He ...
  • SABS, DTI, B-BBEE Commission, National Lotteries Commission performance 6 Mar 2019

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) agreed that the Commission was delivering on its mandate but Mr Mahlobo’s thinly veiled point that some people did not care about redress could not go unchallenged. No one in their right minds would reject redress. He believed that everyone in the Committee supported redress ...
  • SABS, DTI, B-BBEE Commission, National Lotteries Commission performance 6 Mar 2019

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) noted that a draft report on the Eskom coal would be signed off by the end of the financial year. When would the Committee get sight of the report?
  • International & regional trade agreements: status report 27 Feb 2019

    The Chairperson added that perhaps some Members had done some reading, and Mr G Cachalia (DA) would probably understand, but the majority of Members would not understand principles such as trade geometry. Could that be explained?
  • Minister on SONA and Budget as it relates to DTI mandate 26 Feb 2019

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) thanked the Minister for the presentation. The issues were, globally and locally, deficit, debt and trade wars. Those were the global and local headwinds, but some of the tornadoes were of SA’s own making. It was not just about policy uncertainty but also about the ...

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  • Questions asked to the Minister of Trade and Industry 23 Aug 2018

    (a) How many times did the Steel Pricing Committee meet (i) in 2017 and (ii) since 1 January 2018, (b) can he provide Mr G K Y Cachalia with a list of who was present at each meeting and (c) what were the results in terms of price increases or ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Trade and Industry 22 Mar 2018

    What (a) amount has been budgeted to develop a special economic zone in Upington in the Northern Cape for the (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20 and (iii) 2020-21 financial years, (b) progress has been made in the development of the specified special economic zone and (c) amount has been spent on ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Trade and Industry 14 Mar 2018

    What is the (a) total number of customers that the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) lost (i) in the (aa) 2015-16 and (bb) 2016-17 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) financial impact that the loss of the customers has had on SABS, (c) total number of customers ...

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