- Pam Golding, the founder of Pam Golding Properties has died at the age of 90
- Golding started the company in 1976, at the time women still needed their husband’s permission to obtain a bank loan
- Pam Golding Properties currently has more than 300 offices across Africa, Europe and the Indian Ocean Islands
South African property magnate and revered businesswoman, Pam Golding, has passed away at the age of 90. Golding died peacefully at her Cape Town home on Tuesday.
Golding will be remembered as the founder of Pam Golding Properties, which is one of the largest real estate groups in the country and currently has more than 300 offices in Africa, Europe and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Golding started her company in 1976, at the time women still needed their husband’s permission to obtain bank loans. When she started the real estate industry was very much male-dominated.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Golding started her business when the property market was at a low point, she figured if she could survive until the inevitable upswing came the company would be in the clear.
Golding handled many high-profile clients, none more so than Nelson Mandela. She recalls receiving the call which she at first assumed was a hoax.
“I was in bed at home early one morning when the telephone rang. It was around 6.30am and this voice said‚ ‘I am putting you through to the president of South Africa.’ Of course‚ I thought it was a hoax. Then I heard this famous voice. Well‚ I got out of bed in no time. And I had to put on a dressing gown,” she said.
Golding is survived by her two sons, Peter and Andrew, daughter Jilly, their spouses and 10 grandchildren.
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