Michelle Obama arrives for SA 'pilgrimage'

2011-06-20 23:07

Pretoria - US First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Pretoria late on Monday night for what officials have billed as her first major solo overseas trip as US first lady - to South Africa and Botswana.

She arrived at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria at 21:15.

The first lady was accompanied by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson for the trip focussing on young women leaders and the legacy of the anti-apartheid struggle.

The first lady, wearing a formal red and black jacket and black pants, was greeted by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, his wife Liz and three sons.

She was given a bouquet of flowers by three girls aged 10 and 11, and her daughters were each given a blanket emblazoned with the South African flag.

Obama waved to journalists before heading to two black cars waiting in front of the plane.

Gips told journalists: "We are very excited... This shows the respect we have for South Africa. She [Obama] is looking forward to the visit - as South Africa is looking into hosting her."

Obama is scheduled to meet one of President Jacob Zuma's wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, in Pretoria on Tuesday morning before heading to Johannesburg for a visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she will get a tour from the former president's wife, Graca Machel.

Apartheid Museum

On Tuesday afternoon, Obama will visit a daycare centre in Johannesburg and tour the Apartheid Museum.

The six-day trip will also take the first lady to Cape Town and the Botswanan capital Gaborone.

Obama has a packed schedule that includes a safari in Botswana, a visit with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu in Cape Town and a trip to the memorial for Hector Pieterson - a 12-year-old student killed during the anti-apartheid Soweto uprising in 1976.

She will also give the keynote address at a conference of the Young African Women Leaders Forum, a two-day meeting of 75 women aged 16 to 30 who are playing leadership roles across the continent.

The visit is Obama's second trip to sub-Saharan Africa, after a 24-hour stop in Ghana with her husband in 2009.

The US state department described the visit as a mix of policy trip and personal pilgrimage.

"She's coming on this trip to talk about women's development and youth development, and South Africa's a leader in that, not only on the continent but globally," said Elizabeth Trudeau, spokesperson at the US embassy in Pretoria.

The White House has emphasised the importance to the first family of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, which President Obama has called his first political cause.

Trudeau said the White House considers this Obama's "first major overseas trip". 

Relations taking strain

Obama made her first solo trip as first lady last year, stopping briefly in Haiti before continuing on to Mexico for a three-day visit.

Relations between the United States and South Africa have suffered a number of diplomatic strains this year.

In March, South Africa allowed exiled Haitian ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to return home, despite a personal appeal from President Obama to keep him in South Africa until after a presidential run-off election that Washington feared he would destabilise.

President Zuma has also lashed out at the Nato-led bombing campaign in Libya, which Washington supports.

Nomfundo Ngwenya, a political analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs, said the visit is a way for the Obama administration to pay attention to South Africa even though the president is tied up at home with a struggling economy and looming elections.

"He's saying that South Africa is still important and also advancing his wife's interests, which includes women's advancement," Ngwenya told AFP.

But she said at some point President Obama will himself have to visit South Africa, the continent's largest economy.

"Michelle is not a head of state or a decision-maker," she said.

  • james4usa - 2011-06-20 23:24

    Corrupt Moochelle Sen BO's wife, $360,000-00pa. Nojob job with Chicago Hospital.Hated US until BO elected by misinformed guilt ridden whites. Why not visit Uncle Obama who lives in tin shack in Kenya or Granny next door? You would rather see great country that whites built and give Mandela the credit.

      willieman - 2011-06-21 11:27

      I feel sorry for you mate---conspiracy will pollute your mind buddy. start to look at facts

      Mo-Sound - 2011-06-21 13:47

      James4usa - u are an idiot.

      MkhontoKaShaka - 2011-06-21 16:46

      she's welcomed, hope they cook her ubhontshisi and dombolo

      Trevor - 2011-06-21 21:15

      Interesting comment that stinks of racism...BO (first black US president) elected in a democratic process was by whites only because they were guilt ridden...mandela (first black SA president) hasnt laid the foundations to trully inclusive great country. If you consider SA a great country pre mandela you are a sad person...the potential for greatness lay then with a select 5million...the potential for greatness now lies with 45million...I think that the man deserves the credit for that...

      Enigma - 2011-06-21 22:18

      James, you really are a sad pillick.

  • iareknersis - 2011-06-20 23:25

    Wonder if juju is going to keep his mouth shut during her visit.....

      onetickie - 2011-06-21 00:24

      only if someone wires it shut (after putting a fist in it first).

      The Real Witch - 2011-06-21 01:47

      Sign the petition! Let's silence him, and stop the movement for war all in one go!

      LagUTroll - 2011-06-21 06:02

      I actually wish he'd say something about it, embarrassing the government again leading to the ban from the ANC party that was threatened last year.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-21 08:13

      Just a little thought for all you out there. Use it don't use it. What if farmers or land owners in South Africa form a lobby group and do a little bargaining with the SA government. We give up land in SA, a sizable portion let's say 80%, but in return the SA government must allow and officially recognize the forming of a sovereign state, the independent state of the Western Cape. Perhaps the borders of the Western Cape could even be extended in the bargaining process. Let's say it's like the Great Trek in reverse. What do you think?

      York Hunt - 2011-06-21 08:48

      @WC Republic. Nice idea. I like it. But Western Cape secession is NEVER going to happen! And I will tell you why. The minorities in SA support the majorities. You see we are the tax cash cows that keep the ANC wheel turning, get it? THEY will never let you off the "hamster wheel". Besides, an independent Western Cape would cut off one of the major drug routes into SA. Not good for business.

      York Hunt - 2011-06-21 08:53

      @WC Republic. Nice idea. I like it. But Western Cape secession is NEVER going to happen! And I will tell you why. The minorities in SA support the majorities. You see we are the tax cash cows that keep the ANC wheel turning, get it? THEY will never let you off the "hamster wheel". Besides, an independent Western Cape would cut off one of the major drug routes into SA. Not good for business.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-21 09:11

      @york hunt hahahaha, cut of the drugs route. Don't worry they will still have Durban. The ANC wants the land in black hands not so? When the black own the land they can pay the ANC taxes not so? I think the WC idea is a win-win situation

      mo-man - 2011-06-21 11:39

      @ iareknersis: Not a chance....

      BOY30 - 2011-06-21 15:47

      @WC Republic. I support your idea. You go to WC and we will enjoy our SA.

      Lelo - 2011-06-21 20:19

      I don't see his name on the list of 'to be seen', besides, a reasonable level of purposeful dialog will be a requirement here, doubt if thats one of his bests. Also, the focus will be on 'woman's development' I think that in JM's terms simple means 'tea ladies'.

      shaun.cousins1 - 2011-06-22 15:19

      Did you ever listen to Wackhead Simpsons prank when OB phoned malema when he was elected president...Eish....

  • AJLB - 2011-06-21 00:02

    I hope she gets to meet Pres Julius Malema, maybe he'll give her a few pointers to use for when she gets back home in the US !

      tut - 2011-06-21 08:41

      I dont think JHB Zoo is included in her itinerary.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-21 08:53

      Well Juliass might be able to get away with his crap over here but it won't fly in the US. The voters over there will send them packing. And neither will it fly in the Republic of the Western Cape. Given any thought to it?

      mjlroux - 2011-06-21 09:24

      @sterling Ferguson. Don't you think you are going a bit far back in history? I doubt these Africans you are shaming didn't sell them to Europeans personally; I mean, really now. You are angry at people that literally cannot control what their amcestors did. You know, cause they were born AFTERWARDS.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-06-21 12:13

      She should meet with Zuma who will shortly afterwards go take a shower and with Malema who would shortly afterward refer to her as a white imperialist agent with an agenda.

      16-12-1838 - 2011-06-21 21:15

      AJLB dream on! Do you actually think an intelligent woman and wife to the most powerful man in the world will even consider taking advice from a black fascist dog like malema. Who the .... do you people think you are? You comrades are all the same - totally deluded, just a bunch of thiefs and liers. Its time you got in touch with reality, you deserve all that is coming to you!

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 04:33

      @salmon yes she's definitely got white tendancies

  • onetickie - 2011-06-21 00:16

    A great pity she will be shielded from seeing and hearing the truth whilst she is in the country. SA might have been or dangling on the edge of being the continent's largest economy but with the likes of the jARS things will do an about turn overnight as has happened in other parts on the African continent.

      Kuhle - 2011-06-21 01:51

      I don't think she or the US government are under any illusions. The US emassador to SA and embassy are keeping a very close eye on the goings on in this country...they know everything! Big Brother be watching.

      Marcell - 2011-06-21 03:17

      Stop dreaming. The world don't care!

      Larissa - 2011-06-21 15:25

      USA is a Big Mean Oil Hijacking Machine! They only care and act if some countries have Oil. Saddam, Gaddafi, Mubarak who's next?

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 04:40

      @Larissa the oil is controlled by China. China has sent 35000 oil workers home since the conflict began. The Chinese have already been in discussion with the rebels for China to retain their oil interests after the fall of the Gadaffi regime. China also abstained from voting in the UN resolution. Futhermore the US are not participating in the bombing raids, but actually Saudi Arabia is together with France and Britain. Futhermore it was France and Britain that called for the UN resolution

  • Marcell - 2011-06-21 03:19

    Just imagine. If zoom zoom was a bit older he could have being bo's pappa.

  • kingkong - 2011-06-21 03:30

    well once again she will only go where the anc wants her to go so i say you my dear will not see south africa because they will keep you away from the truth adios

      apie - 2011-06-21 08:25

      Mary, yes that and also all the farmers' graves and the whites that are being murdered. But no, a black person thinks only of their race.

      Majik - 2011-06-21 09:58

      That's rich coming from you jowza.

  • NewsICON - 2011-06-21 03:36

    Obama Presidency... What a Let Down... He's just another 'cookie-cut' president... Did nothing that would define the first 'black' American President in History... I think the white house paint has rubbed off onto him..

      allie - 2011-06-21 08:34

      And he got the Nobel price even before he took office?WTF.Desperate people!!!

      mjlroux - 2011-06-21 09:26

      Yes noone will remember him as the president that took down Osama. Notorious terrorists counts for nothing.

      AllHoliday - 2011-06-21 10:43

      @Susannomore, don't call him 'black' and I will not call him 'white'! Check your history!!

  • Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-21 05:11

    Will Michelle visit Winnie our mother of the nation and then the grave of stompie ?

      ZipZap - 2011-06-21 07:37

      our mother of the nation convicted murderer. but then again, i guess thats your african way hey. sickening.

      Susannomore - 2011-06-21 07:55

      @ZipZap - unfortunatly, she was never tried for the murder. She was found guilty of kidnapping and fraud (on seperate charges). Wouldn't have made the slightest different if she had been found guilty for murder. She would still remain "Mother of the Nation". Why? That is anyone's guess. Why follow someone who is such a bad role model?

      York Hunt - 2011-06-21 09:03

      @Susannomore. Good question, but the fact is MILLIONS of people think Winnie is just wonderful. Why would people follow such a bad role model? Because they cannot think for themselves. That's why!

      mo-man - 2011-06-21 11:37

      @ Simpiwe: Good one!!!

      Andy49 - 2011-06-21 14:01

      But I thought that Sisulu was the mother of the nation, oh sorry forgot that polygamy is allowed in SA. One nation many mothers.

      Gundaan - 2011-06-21 14:33

      Don,t forget the grave of the Zim guy who was beaten to death recently ...

  • BraBob - 2011-06-21 05:33

    What about an un-escorted visit to Soweto?

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 08:48

      BraBob - Sowetans would warmly embrace her visit. Doubt if the same will happen in your neighbourhood though. Such negativity - I can't believe cynicism on this site. Is it that painful to give credit to where it's due?

      Mishka - 2011-06-21 09:38

      Credit for what mamakalami? What has Ms Obama done for South Africa? This is just a question related to your response to BraBob. I have no feeling either way regarding her visit. I was trying to find the info on this being partly a personal pilgrimage for her, but alas.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 09:59

      Mishka - What have you done for South Africa?

      mo-man - 2011-06-21 11:36

      @BraBob: Imagine that. Ms Obama going to the local pub for some puzza...without any body guards!! Hahahaaaa

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 12:37

      mo-man - no one would dare touch her even without bodyguards. No one will mess with Obama's family. He is the only president to get Osama while the whole world was sleeping. Make his day....

      Mishka - 2011-06-21 12:49

      @mamakalami - in fact, quite a bit. Whilst enriching ourselves (which is what people attempt to do when they put their investments into an own business), we also employ in excess of 100 people. Thus, I believe we have done quite a bit, in terms of taxes and various other things. Don't behave like a child

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 13:43

      Mishka - happy to speak to a fellow entrepreneur. Someone who is not only enriching herself but giving back as well. Maybe you should be a bit more respectful when phrasing a question next time, especially regarding a black woman who has done so much for the black cause in the US. And has now honoured us by crossing borders to make a difference in our country

      Mishka - 2011-06-21 14:46

      mamakalami. My question was in no way disrepectful. I simply asked what she should be given credit for WITH REGARDS TO SOUTH AFRICA. That question remains. I don't care if she is black or white or Asian. That is irrelevant. What she has done in the US does not alter one single South African's existence here. Please enlighten me if I am wrong. Thank you.

      Larissa - 2011-06-21 15:46

      Apparently we found Oil and Gas in Karoo,....Not ringing any bells)))

      WC Republic - 2011-06-22 04:45

      @larissa it's not oil it's natural gas sweetie. And it's for local consumption, not export

      Larissa - 2011-06-22 08:25

      Petrochemicals group Sasol, Anglo American, Falcon Oil and Gas, and Bundu Gas and Oil Exploration, are among those eyeing shale gas in the region. WC Republic - they will hijack anything, just give it a time... Read this "Why U.S. Is Running Out of Gas",9171,464406,00.html

  • lightning - 2011-06-21 06:20

    On a pilgrimage!I hope she realizes how fortunate she was that her ancestors where taken captive and became slaves.

      Mulondo - 2011-06-21 10:53


      rantoftheday - 2011-06-21 13:56

      Interesting that no statement made by her uses the term "pilgramage." It's a state visit, something vastly different from a pilgramage which is a visit that has significant cultural and/or religious importance.

  • makip - 2011-06-21 06:23

    welocme to south africa the first aldy of fashion.africans are proud of you.i wish to see you in an asian,african,arab and european attires some other time

      W H Kotze - 2011-06-21 06:58

      She is obviously of mixed blood. Does that mean she will be getting second-class treatment from the ANC regime?

      apie - 2011-06-21 08:27

      makip, african lady of fashion? Do you really think she dresses fashionably? You have k*k taste.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 08:53

      W H Kotze - She is obviously of mixed blood? Mixed with what?

      mjlroux - 2011-06-21 09:28

      @apie Uhm, yes that is actually what she is known for. And she has great taste; always looks respectable.

      W H Kotze - 2011-06-21 14:28

      Shouldn't you be asking Jimmy? After all, the ANC 'cadres' are the experts on racial classification these days.

  • Tj - 2011-06-21 06:31

    obama deception . Please youtube.

      rurapente - 2011-06-21 14:06

      aaah yes youtube. the definitive source of the well-informed...

  • Kevin - 2011-06-21 06:36

    Hi Michelle ,very nice to have you in South Africa. Unfortunately you are 3 days late as malemma, President of the imbeciles league has said the new policy is to allign ourselves with African leaders like Mugabe. He says we should distance ourselves from the bad West. This is a big saving for America as all the tens of millions you give for aids medicine ,the houses built, the missionary programme and all the other freebie money spent on the poor will not be needed anymore as fat boy will get it all from African leaders.

      Mishka - 2011-06-21 09:39

      Well said Kevin, now if we could just ensure she receives your note.............

      Mulondo - 2011-06-21 10:55


  • Tj - 2011-06-21 06:39

    The 1985 thesis, entitled Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community, was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn. Michelle Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society, never becoming a full participant.” Not only does she see separate black and white societies in America, but emphatically elevates black over white in her world. As first lady, would she insist the White House be painted black? That’s been a standard joke in this venue since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but this next ominous quote from her thesis suggests that she would in fact urge her husband toward just such an extreme position. h t t p : //w w w . knowthelies . com/?q=node/1529

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-21 07:14

      Conspiracy theorists make me laugh

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 08:56

      apie - guess it does take one to see one

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 08:57

      apie - guess it does take one to see one

      willieman - 2011-06-21 12:23

      i cannot believe your ingenuousness

  • Kosmonooit - 2011-06-21 06:48

    Can someone please have a word with her that all is not well in our beloved rainbow nation.

      kabai moshidi - 2011-06-21 10:44

      and what would she do?

  • W H Kotze - 2011-06-21 06:51

    Well, if Oprah Winfrey managed to find her roots amongst the Zulu when she stepped down from the plane at Johannesburg Airport, it will be inhospitable to begrudge Michelle Obama her quest for some imaginary Sotho or Tswana ancestor. It probably beats reality and she won’t have to forgo the white mans comforts while living her fantasy.

  • SPACEBOI - 2011-06-21 07:32

    stop being negative people.

      Sam.H - 2011-06-21 23:49

      are you the same spaceboi from the sowetan?

  • ZipZap - 2011-06-21 07:34

    blah blah blah.....

  • The Unknown - 2011-06-21 07:42

    Looking at the photo, she and her kids will fit in well in Soweto

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-21 08:14

      what does that even mean?

      John Wilderness - 2011-06-21 08:54

      A comment from the brain dead.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 09:47

      The Unknown - stupidity reigns supreme on your planet

      Majik - 2011-06-21 10:28

      Daemos1 it means she and her kids will fit in well in Soweto, not like it was encrypted?

      Mulondo - 2011-06-21 10:58

      Well said nazi boy...still spotting that bald look and swastika as usual or have you boys learnt to blend in unnoticed these days???

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-21 08:35

    She is in love with the ANC. I don't know why some of you ladies think she will piemp on any wrongdoings she might see on the part of the ANC. She ain't no friend of whitey.

      Mulondo - 2011-06-21 10:50

      YAWN!!! what's new??

  • H-J - 2011-06-21 08:36

    Pilgrimage my ass

  • simon - 2011-06-21 08:38

    She is visiting the hector pieterson memorial is she? Let's hope she also visits the Andries Tatane memorial, the man killed by the police state while protesting 'service' delivery. Then she can see what the ANC is really about !

  • simon - 2011-06-21 08:42

    Of course she cannot visit Cape Town. According to the ANC, there are too many "coloureds" there already.

  • Citizen - 2011-06-21 08:53

    Pilgrimage my arse! What is it with Americans and their apparent "roots" in Africa? So nice to claim, but only from a distance. God forbid they actually do something useful for the country. Far too happy to claim african heritage from a distance, but stay in 1st world America. And for heaven's sake, stop with the frikking apartheid! The struggle's been over for a while now folks. Although it seems some didnt get the memo.

  • John Wilderness - 2011-06-21 08:57

    hostility from this forum simply because the woman and her kids have a black skin. With the venom you spew I think you lot deserve what you get. No wonder the International community (white and black) cannot careless about your complaints about the "kill the boer song".

      jowza - 2011-06-21 09:24

      well said john

      ANCockup - 2011-06-21 09:58

      She has come to see the only country in the world with a majority population so useless and lazy they have to have BEE and AA to help them unsuccessfully try compete with a minority group. Losers.

      Palesa - 2011-06-21 15:25

      @ANCockup well said douchebag,here is a nazi swastika to go with that comment.People like you really disgust me.One more thing if you are going to be a racist prick,say what you REALLY want to say.Dont "try" to be ambiguous about it

      Anne - 2011-06-21 21:03

      Exactly my sentiment, John. How sad.

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-21 09:04

    She came to visit Nelson everyone. Don't you get it?

  • nduk'zempi - 2011-06-21 10:14

    i m ashamed to be counted as one of u my fellow south africans,why so much hatred?What u gonna say to ur kids when u get back from work?

  • USAMAH - 2011-06-21 10:15

    Weren't her ancestors enslaved from Muslim North Africa? Isn't she supposed to go on pilgrimage to Makkah if she is of African Muslim descent?

  • Tj - 2011-06-21 10:19

  • Mulondo - 2011-06-21 10:36

    @james4usa - it's unfortunate for you because Sigmund Freud is no more, you should seek help, you represent the basest negativity of the white race.. BHUNU NDINI!!!

  • kabai moshidi - 2011-06-21 10:41

    Cool now JZ can add one more wife on his house

  • IdiAmin - 2011-06-21 11:18

    LOL, you white ppl make laugh for years you know, they way you are soo unhappy with what Julius is sayin goes to prove the truth he is sayin.. let me tell you know, there is a generation of Black ppl coming up in South Africa that is arising with another mentality. That time of being oppressed by you is gone, the youth of South Africa elected Malema again into office because he is representing what we feel, he is saying things we say about you in our work places, gatherings etc etc. The treatment you give us Black ppl of SA is coming to end my chinas, you best prepare yourselves, you are still going to see fire. And you @WC republic keep dreaming abt the independant state of yours, i'm sure it makes you sleep well at night. but one thing you should know 'we are coming for you' same as everyone who is a migrant like you & acts all superior than us . i.e Indians. ya'll ur time is near ish is gonna burn, everyone must find their back home where they came from, We the indigenous Black ppl of SA will only welcome ppl who are willing to work with us in bettering the lives of EVERYONE in SA. You are welcomed to insult me as dump, but it wont change anything, We want what rightfully belongs to US back and your silly treats dont mean a thing. The way ya'll behave towards black ppl is a true manifestation that you are not interested in Africa, you are only here to exploit and exploit to make yourselves rich so that you can continue to oppress us. Times Up for you Africa for Africans.

      Jacques Le Roux - 2011-06-21 13:12

      Jy is 'n mens, ons is nie bang vir jou nie my vriend. Boere Groete,

      IdiAmin - 2011-06-21 14:01

      Thank God for June 16, glad i dont understand whtever u sayin.. yimfitshimfitshi efana nomsuzo emanzini as far as i'm concerned...

      diplomat - 2011-06-21 22:48

      IdiAmin.. Life as a black person in the past in South Africa (and maybe now) is bad, I agree with you there, and nothing can make up for that time, nothing. Lost education, lost generation, dignity, life..I can go on. No one can defend that era. But I can assure you one thing, the new South Africa, where everyone should be equal, does not matter of your skin colour, equal pay, opportunities is not for your type. You are a black racist, you have no future in this new South Africa, because frankly, most people are tired of all these insults of black against whites, whites agains blacks. So shape up! Join us in the new South Africa!

  • mo-man - 2011-06-21 11:31

    Go back to USA!!! We don't want you here and we don't care...and take Oprah with you.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 11:44

      mo-man - I take it you didn't buy her graduation ceremony tickets either?

  • MaPhi - 2011-06-21 11:41

    Y is every1 so racial and so much demeaning remarks. I guess you cant say the same in public with your faces showing, becoz y'all be ashamed, meaning you smile at blacks/whites mean while you harbour hatred...what a waste of emotions. Y'all went to college? Just asking...

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-06-21 12:10

    South Africa, the continent's largest economy. Yet Apartheid is blamed for all the current problems when the rest of Africa is a hell hole without Apartheid.

      IdiAmin - 2011-06-21 14:08

      Africa is a Hell hole because of the after effects of colonisation, should you people have stayed in Europe, and stop being greedy, Africa would be perfectly fine

      Palesa - 2011-06-21 15:08

      Are trying to suggest that South Africa is where it is economically because of Apartheid? If you are than you are one of the dumbest people on earth and i suggest you go and read a book about what apartheid was going to do to our economy.TARD

      simon - 2011-06-21 17:22

      @doublysalmon --- and you should hace stayed in central africa where you come from. Then SA would have been on par with the USA.

      simon - 2011-06-21 17:24

      @doublysalmon -- sorry, the post above was obviously directed at Idiamin

  • JohannV - 2011-06-21 12:49

    Michele, prepare for a culture shock! These folks ain't nothing like the Black folk back home. Don't think you'll discover your "roots" here like Oprah and Whitney Houston tried...

  • WhiteProtea - 2011-06-21 13:00

    They're such a lovely family!

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 13:50

      Aint they just

  • carlikylie - 2011-06-21 13:40

    What the hell..' and people think they know South Africa.....only stupid people will ignore wats going on in South Africa.

  • Mo-Sound - 2011-06-21 13:48

    james4usa, u are an idiot, only reason I support Malema's sentiments.

  • Anton - 2011-06-21 13:50

    'Pilgrimage' - LMFAO!

  • Mo-Sound - 2011-06-21 14:26

    mamakalami - save your energy, useless arguing with such ungreatful idiots. God always had a plan for this black skin, look around brother and witness, the reverse in motion. Be scared.

  • amabok - 2011-06-21 15:35

    Was she met at the airport by all 19 [sic] 20 of Zuma wives?

  • MkhontoKaShaka - 2011-06-21 16:44

    Welcome to South Africa Ma-Obama,

  • Ross - 2011-06-21 16:57

    Please tell her why South Africa is the most advanced country in Sub-Sahara Africa and why it has the biggest economy. Also tell her about the late Andries Tatane from Ficksburg.

  • feppie - 2011-06-21 17:19

    If anyone come near her, ask her what happened to the ELECTION PROMISES that her hubby made to the US electorate! Michelle, you are not welome in my SA!

  • Muffyforu - 2011-06-21 20:50

    Why does this america slapper get to meet the great man? what has she ever done for any one but herself?At his age he gets dragged out to meet her just because she is the the wife of the president of the USA. If possible i dislike americas even more

  • Muffyforu - 2011-06-21 21:01

    James4usa - people like u give juju al his material hope you die soon

  • Enigma - 2011-06-21 22:17

    A visit, sure. A pilgrimage, hardly!

  • diplomat - 2011-06-21 22:24

    I am disappointed in Michelle Obama's trip schedule. It reminds me of Oprah, who only mix in times of celebration with Will Smith and the Obamas. (The American black elite). The American embassy said, it is also a policy trip. Then she should meet Malema and Zuma. Maybe the DA as well. And the grave of Stompie! If she wants to do all the historical sightseeing! I lived in America when Obama was selected as president. He was not selected because he is black, he was selected because he was the best candidate. We were so happy for his selection. I am now starting to think, was he behind this? For his wife and kids, only to mix with black South Africans and the American Embassy agrees on that? If she wants to do a pilgrimage, visit Mississipi. I did. That also compares with South Africa's history. I think she should look into the future of South Africa, that is a rainbow nation! We are all important, black, white, yellow and blue!

      ANCockup - 2011-06-21 23:46

      Rainbow nation? Ive never seen a black rainbow.

  • sardick.davids - 2011-06-22 07:25

    Rivonia road on and offramps closed for the Obama motorcade, yesterday during peak afternoon traffic. Just who the hell is she, dislocating hardworking south africans on their way home to a deserved rest. Now we have to find an alternative routes to go home, because this witch is in South Africa. One "important" vehicle with 4 occupants dislocating thousands of us. She should have stayed in US, because she adds no value my life.