Pam Golding met by Minstrels outside the Cape Town Convention Centre in 2006 (Gallo Images)
  • Pam Golding Golding passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90. 
  • She founded the property group in 1976. 
  • Nelson Mandela was her most famous client.

When former president Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel had to buy a new home in the late 1990's, they chose the late South African real estate mogul Pam Golding to find it.

Golding - who founded Pam Golding properties in 1976 - passed away on Tuesday evening. She was 90. 

In an interview with Britain's Independent newspaper in 2009, Golding described how Mandela phoned her in bed to ask her to help him find the ideal property. 

"It was around 06:30 and this voice said, ‘I am putting you through to the President of South Africa'. Of course, I thought it was a hoax," she said. 

"Then I heard this famous voice. Well, I got out of bed in no time. And I had to put on a dressing gown. I couldn't talk to the president of South Africa wearing only a nightie."

She sold a home to the couple in the upmarket Bishopscourt weeks later, Pam Golding Property Group's Anél Lewis told Business Insider South Africa. 

The Pam Golding Property Group on Tuesday afternoon hailed Golding as an "admired and respected" leader. She started the property group when she was in her 40s, with very little experience, and grew her business to over 600 offices worldwide - including the United Kingdom and France.

"Her natural warmth and sincere interest in everyone she encountered were trademark characteristics which endeared her to all,” the realtor said in a statement. 

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