Pam Golding re-launches local unit

Four years after the termination of a franchise agreement between international real estate firm, Pam Golding Properties and businesswoman Daphne Swanepoel under a cloud of controversy, the franchise is again back in the country.
Pam Golding Namibia, now under the leadership of the former Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Leon Jooste, was officially launched on Tuesday by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein. The launch also coincided with the opening of Pam Golding’s office in Swakopmund.
Jooste, who is co-owner of Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Namibia together with partner, Paul Kruger, was positive about the prospects of the franchise despite scandals associated with it in the past.
He told the Economist: “When I committed to make the sales marketing component part of the portfolio of the Creatif Group which serves the property industry, I had only one aspiration and that was to secure the best possible franchise in the industry and that is without any doubt Pam Golding Properties.
“The so called scandals took place four years ago already and the franchisor (Pam Golding Properties) made a calculated decision to withdraw before things got out of hand. I am obviously not at liberty to discuss the merits of these incidents which allegedly took place, but as far as I know, the former franchisee was not found guilty on any of these incidents and she today has a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate from the Namibia Estate Agents Board trading under a new name.