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Tutu mourns "amazing human being" Pam Golding

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 12, 2018

Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was among friends,colleagues and captains of industry at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town to pay  respects to the late property mogul Pam Golding

Golding, who was a trustee of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust, died earlier this month. She was 89.

Tutu, who said a prayer at the memorial service, described her as “an amazing human being.” 

Golding launched her, now multi-national, real-estate business back in the 1970s. She had no start-up capital and and initially operated from the garage of her home. 

Many thought it was an idea doomed to failure but Golding saw it as  a real opportunity.

In a 2009 interview with the Independent newspaper dhe said: “I just got this idea one day. We were a typical‚ young married couple with two small children. We had just bought our first house but had nothing much else: No furniture. People told me I was mad to start a business in the market as it was then. But I thought to myself‚ if I can survive in this market‚ business will fly when things improve.”

She wasn’t wrong. From those humble beginning she built a business that now has 300 offices in Africa, Mauritius and Europe.