Mr Ghaleb Cachalia

Member of the National Assembly

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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.

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Attendance of committee meetings:

2022 committee attendance as mp

77% attendance rate (17 of 22 )

2021 committee attendance as mp

89% attendance rate (17 of 19 )

2020 committee attendance as mp

83% attendance rate (24 of 29 )

2019 committee attendance as mp

88% attendance rate (15 of 17 )

2018 committee attendance as mp

94% attendance rate (78 of 83 )

2017 committee attendance as mp

88% attendance rate (21 of 24 )

DISCLAIMER: This information has been obtained via the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. PMG makes every effort to compile reliable and comprehensive information, but does not claim that the data is 100% accurate and complete.

What they said in committee meetings:

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Mr G Cachalia (DA) commented that 45% is a high gearing ratio. The gearing ratio looks at how much of ...

Mr G Cachalia (DA) said the company was in a dire state because it was insolvent and had a massive ...

Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that he had received the National Treasury input and he understands the comments made on ...

Questions asked to ministers:

What are questions asked to ministers?

Written questions and feedback are essential tools used by MPs for oversight and hold the executive accountable. This oversight mechanism allows MPs’ to extract detailed information that would normally be difficult to comprehend through oral engagement. You can see the questions that your MPs are asking here.

To address the scourge of cadre deployment in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State ...

Whether he and/or his department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (details furnished), via email, WhatsApp, hardcopy and/or ...

Whether she and / or her department ever received correspondence from a certain political organisation (African National Congress), via email, ...

Plenary appearances:

What are plenary appearances?

Plenary sessions are forums that have been created for the purpose of public debate and decision-making. This mechanism is used to convey the messages of our MPs within main chambers on important decisions, like how they vote.

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Declaration of interests

What are declaration of interests?

Annually, MPs are required by parliament to register their financial interests and gifts received in their official capacity. Due to the significant influence of the role that MPs take on, there may be times when their personal or business interests become in conflict with the duty prescribed to them as elected officials representing the public interest. You can see what interests your MPs declared here.
Name of State Entity Details of Contract and Management thereof Value of Contract Period of Contract

none

Value Description Source

none

Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property

Primary residence Flat/apartment Flat/apartment

Parktown North Cape Town CBD Cape Town CBD

4 bedroomed house. Approx. 800sq m 1 bedroom. Approx.100sq m 2 bedrooms.Approx.150sq m

Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value

ord

Mentisfactum (pty) Ltd

100%

No current income/assets

Description of Journey Sponsor

none

Description of Benefit Source

none

Extent Source of Sponsorship Description of Assistance/Sponsorship

none

Type of Business Name of Employer

none

Value of any Benefits derived Name of Organisation Type of Business Activity

none

Details of all benefits derived Name of Trust Trustee/Beneficiary Registration Number

No current assets/ income

Luiza Cachalia Trust

Luiza&Chiara Cachalia

IT889/85

Value of Contract Period of Contract Details of Contract and Management thereof Name of State Entity

none

Type of Business Activity Directorship/Partnership in any Corporate Body

none

Value Description Source

none

Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property

Primary residence Flat/apartment Flat/Apartment 2 Motor vehicles – 2012 Volvo C30 and 2019 Fiat 500

Parktown North 2193 Cape Town CBD Cape Town CBD JHB

4 bedroom property 2 bedrooms 1 bedroom

Public/Private Source

Parliamentary pension scheme Allan Gray

Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value

Ord Ord

Springtrade cc Mentisfactum (pty) Ltd

25% 100%

Par No current income/assets

Description of Journey Sponsor

none

Description of Benefit Source

none

Extent Description of Assistance/Sponsorship Source of Sponsorship

none

Type of Business Name of Employer

none

Value of any Benefits derived Name of Organisation Type of Business Activity

none

Name of Trust Trustee/Beneficiary Registration Number Details of all benefits derived

Luiza cachalia Trust

Luiza Cachalia/Chiara Cachalia

IT889/85

No current assets/ income

Public/Private Source

Parliamentary Pension

Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value

Ordinary

Springtrade cc

25%

Par Value

Wiza Cachalia Trust

Trustee

No current asset

Ordinary

Meutisfacture (Pty)Ltd

100%

No current asset

Description of Journey Sponsor

Multi party fact finding trip to Israel (2018)

South African Israel Foundation

6 day study tour for trade specialists to Washington (2017)

Fredrich Nauman Foundation

3 day Alumni meetup for FNP, Washington DC (2019)

Frederich Nauman Foundation

Four meetings and Accommodation – Washington DC - 2019

The Presidential Preamp

Name of Trust Trustee/Beneficiary Registration Number Details of all benefits derived

Luiza Cachalia Trust

L Cachalia

No current assets

Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property

Primary Residence

Parktown North

Flat (Cape Town Residence)

Cape Town

Flat (Cape Town)

Cape Town

2 Motor vehicles

2002 Posche and 2012 Volvo C30

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Mentisfactrum (Pty)Ltd

Financial Advisory, Consulting

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

Source Public/Private

Allan Gray

Private

Liberty Life

Private

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R100

100

Manufacturing (Pty)Ltd

Ordinary

25%

Springtrade CC

Description Sponsor

Study Trip to Washington DC, visited various government agencies

Friedrick Naumann Foundation

Details Of Benefits Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number

discretionary trust in favour of daugther

Trustee

Luiza Cachalia Trust

IT 889/85

Source Public/Private

Liberty Life

Private

Allan Gray

Private

Stanlib

Private

Momentum

Private

Marriot

Private

Nominal Value No Name of Company Nature

R100

100

Mentisfactum (Pty)Ltd

Ordinary

25%

Springtrade CC

Shares

R548 482

Shares

Money Market stanlib

Ordinary

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/Partnership Type of Business

mentisfactum (Pty)Ltd

Financial, Advisory Consulting

Description Extent Location

Section 505, The Piazza

Residential

Cape town

Erf 412

Residential

Parktown North, Johannesburg

Unit 11 SS96/92

Residential

Cape Town