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Michelle Obama coming to SA

2011-06-03 22:38

Washington - A White House official says Michelle Obama is heading to Africa on an official visit later this month, stopping in South Africa and Botswana where she will continue her efforts to encourage young people to get involved in their societies.

The US first lady will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana during the June 21-26 trip.

Obama will be accompanied by her daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, as well as her mother Marion Robinson on the trip.

The children occasionally accompany their parents on official visits abroad, though the White House takes pains to keep them out of the political spotlight.

An official said Mrs Obama's visit will highlight the important stake the US has in the success of Africa's many nations, as well as the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent.

"South Africa is a vital global partner for the United States, as a political leader and economic engine on the continent, and a historic example of democratic transition in Africa and around the world.

"Botswana's enduring democracy, bolstered by its commitment to using its vast natural resources to invest in its people and grow its economy, models the potential for good governance, and strong institutions to advance prosperous and stable societies."

Although President Obama is the son of a Kenyan and has referenced his African heritage as he carries out his foreign policy, the president has so far only visited sub-Saharan Africa once since taking office: in Ghana in 2009.

Comments
  • Ross - 2011-06-03 23:05

    That's good news for SA

      kidblack - 2011-06-03 23:10

      lets hope our congregation dresses tastefully, and not like a bunch of circus blimps who had a head on collision with a fruit salad.

      LBS - 2011-06-04 14:42

      Kidblack, ha ha ha you made my day!

  • william.botha - 2011-06-03 23:18

    Who cares?

      Craig - 2011-06-05 09:49

      Probably a lot of your black brothers and sisters who are happy to see the African American wife of the most powerful Man in the world, who is also African American!

  • Zukiswa - 2011-06-04 05:32

    Good idea Michelle! I wish you could have enough time in order to visit all the Rural Areas where you can see the reality of South AFRICA. Surelly you will enjoy your stay in South Africa.

      tryanything - 2011-06-04 06:13

      I am Sure that she will have a very selective Guided tour.. why doesnt she visit Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe as well?

      tryanything - 2011-06-04 06:20

      I am sure she will heap praise on our administration as well. Notice how Oprah winfrey also kept away from Zimbabwe.

      Tea party - 2011-06-04 06:33

      Better beef up your security lovely lady, SA's even more violent than the wild west!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-04 19:08

      Tea party - especially with out local breed of terrorists (the ones from the cape who bombed planet hollywood in 1999.)

  • Nunya - 2011-06-04 06:45

    Oh wow...coming to save Africa...try starting with the USA.

  • PMG - 2011-06-04 09:28

    Obama and Oprah are both coming home to Africa - who gives a rats ass. Maybe Obama can give Oprah some diet tips,or they could both open a new school,one where all the students dont fall pregnant at the age of 10.

  • Zee - 2011-06-04 09:50

    is she coming with any new ideas, will she be getting her hands dirty, will she be sitting around a fire with the bergies and drinking black coffee-no sugar. Will she experience the real South-Africa. Tell her not to come! and dont tell me its good for tourism...is she footing her own bill?

  • americist___ - 2011-06-04 11:59

    What a waste of taxpayer money, her children and mother coming as well? Michelle Obama is a useless tool, and a racist juut like her husband.

      Craig - 2011-06-05 09:54

      I think you got useless tool mixed up with the real ones, Zuma and his princess Maleena!

  • IQ - 2011-06-04 12:42

    Michelle proved to be an inspiration to the underprivileged children (irrespective of colour) in Britain on her previous two visits. Like her she proved that any child, irrespective of their poor upbringing can succeed in life so long as they have the application to want to better themselves through education. She can be a ‘shining role model’ to thousands of South African children.

  • fred.reinhardt - 2011-06-04 14:35

    Why is she not visiting her husbands( the annointed ones) granny in Kenya- Oh! maybe she will, one day visit the White House. How many overseas visits have the obams done on tax payers money???

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-04 15:55

      Its not South African taxpayer's money, so why are you complaining?

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-04 19:05

      fred.reinhardt - Never heard u complaining when Bush was hopping from country to country - your racist tendencies are showing - as juju would say!

  • fred.reinhardt - 2011-06-05 23:18

    Yuri and taurus, This is not about racisim, is about stupid spending by a government that is out of control.When my country is going thru a finance crisis to keep the world afloat with new ideas and new technology - crawl back in your hole and God Bless America!

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