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

2019 committee attendance as mp

83% attendance rate

Attended 10 meetings out of 12

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

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

LAND AND PROPERTY

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

PENSIONS

Public/Private Source
Private Allan Gray
Private Liberty Life

SHARES AND OTHER FINANCIAL INTERESTS

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

TRAVEL

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

TRUSTS

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

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

  • Stats SA, DPME & DPSA budget: Committee Reports 8 Jul 2019

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) referred to page 18. He noted the intention to review the National Development Plan (NDP).
  • 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?

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Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Labour 12 Mar 2019

    With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b ...
  • Questions asked to the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services 6 Mar 2019

    With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by his department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b ...
  • 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 ...

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Plenary appearances

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