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

82% attendance rate

Attended 23 meetings out of 28

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

  • Follow up briefing by Department of Public Enterprises on SAA Business Rescue Practitioners 4 Nov 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that there was much talk about restructuring expenses versus liquidation costs. The presentation simply talks to funding and the settlement of liabilities. The funding envisioned for the restructuring was over and above the R16.4 billion set aside to repay guaranteed debt and debt services ...
  • 2019/20 Audit outcome of DPE: AGSA briefing; DPE Annual Report 4 Nov 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) raised concern that the continuous “whitewash” must end. The Minister was not at this meeting, and this was against the backdrop that he had indicated that R2.1 billion was being borrowed per day, mainly because of “zombie SOEs.” In view of the expenditure and non-achievements ...
  • Denel on financial and governance challenges 21 Oct 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) pointed out that the presentation dealt with governance, which fells under the direct responsibility of the board. If there were no members of the board available to present, that was a problem. They needed a responsible person from the board, or someone that it sends as ...
  • Denel on financial and governance challenges 21 Oct 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that it was common knowledge that Denel used to be a world leader.
  • DPE Quarterly Reports; Submissions from SAA & Transnet employees 14 Oct 2020

    Mr G Cachalia (DA) said that the Committee looks at very important issues in terms of the economy of the country and have frankly reached the tipping point.He said that he had listened and read the presentation before the meeting and it had many plans but not enough progress ...

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Questions

  • Questions asked to the Minister of Public Enterprises 4 Nov 2020

    (1)      With reference to the ongoing business rescue process at the SA Airways and following the statement he made to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on 6 May 2020 (details furnished), (a) how is the Government planning to keep the airline running without any further financial support from the ...
  • 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 ...

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Plenary appearances

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