Michelle Obama touches down in Pretoria

2011-06-20 21:48

Pretoria - Michelle Obama touched down in Pretoria late on Monday in 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.

Obama is expected to be accompanied by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson - but not her husband, US President Barack Obama.

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

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 Botswana capital Gaborone.

Obama has a packed schedule that includes a safari in Botswana, a meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu in Cape Town and a trip to the memorial for Hector Pieterson.

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 play leadership roles across the continent.

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

  • antonfrank81 - 2011-06-20 21:51


      lotus.lindi - 2011-06-20 22:34

      Funny. My first thought was also "please don't tell me she'll be meeting with Malema". Not that she'll get to see anything but the ANC perspective on everything anyway, by the looks of her itinerary. But at least she may notice that this is the only country in the world where affirmative action is applied for the benefit of the majority demographic group. She might also notice that our poorest masses are governed by the fattest politicians in the world.I'm convinced that the major reason why this giant beehive hut is being built for parliament across the road from the perfectly functional parliamentary buildings we already have, is the new entertainment area. Existing dining rooms are obviously not large enough to accomodate wave-pools of gravy...Still,the apartheid museum is worth a visit, and I'm sure the first lady will come out suitably convinced that the neo-apartheid now being practised in SA against paler people (sorry Julius, I mean "white criminals" of course) is no more than they deserve.

      za101 - 2011-06-20 22:52

      Barack Obama will never visit South Africa as president becuase of Malema and the ANC Youth League

      Andrew Mphande - 2011-06-21 16:10

      But again Zuma is dangerous. I hope she doesn't go and divorce Barak for him. He;s deep this guy

  • John Paul - 2011-06-20 21:54

    Welcome Michelle Obama! Mrs Obama should be right at home in the company of our rulers, who have denied medication to the sick, and blocked medication for the sick, becoming genociders, measured at 330 000 by Cosatu and ANC Youth League. Mrs Obama is an Abortionist, and as a supporter and member of the Democrats, is co-responsible for the killing of millions of american babies. Right at home! John Picarra

      zebracobra - 2011-06-20 22:07

      John Paul u r a dirty recist

      ZARandomRant - 2011-06-20 22:29

      Thats a great idea John lets have another 10 million unwanted children in the world. Dont be ignorant and lets leave people to their own choices.

      kidblack - 2011-06-20 22:30

      its a pity you have such a binary view of biology.

      Blink - 2011-06-20 22:44

      John Paul you sure are a fool. Ummm no I'm not going to waste my time replying to your backwards thinking.

      daaivark - 2011-06-21 08:17

      What a sick, uninformed and reactionary view you hold. Oh my. Please don't let your kids be like you.

      Andrew Mphande - 2011-06-21 16:12

      You're quite something wena. Shame

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-20 21:55

    O amogetswe Michelle, please inspire my sisters,tell the that YES THEY CAN.

  • immelmap - 2011-06-20 22:02

    Hello and goodbye

  • Bradyn Hopking - 2011-06-20 22:05

    Zuma has a wife for everything! Obama, watch out, Zuma thinks he is a ladies man... Lol

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-20 22:30

      Come on She's not His type

  • Skrappie - 2011-06-20 22:08

    Hey Winnie! Now, this is what we call a lady. Just watch...because you can NEVER learm.

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-06-20 22:20

    I hope your welcome was the same as most. If you too wonder where your cell phone, bag and wallet went; you are welcome to our country. Oh do not phone the police; they most probably have it!

      daaivark - 2011-06-21 08:18

      Pffft. Grow up.

  • william.botha - 2011-06-20 22:29

    Take care Michelle, SA is a dangerous place.

      tdk25 - 2011-06-20 22:49

      blah blah blah....move to Australia then (if you haven't done so)

  • tdk25 - 2011-06-20 22:47

    White people are really obsessed with Malema!!!

      CI - 2011-06-20 22:54

      bla-bla-bla, get a new tune please.

  • Sit-hole - 2011-06-20 22:55

    Ah Please zuma don't rape her. Coz we all know what malema will say afterwards. Seriously please don't.

  • John Paul - 2011-06-20 23:09

    Welcome to South Africa, Michelle Obama! Elsewhere in News24: Tumelo Shakes Monakedi, 27, of Refilwe was convicted in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday on charges of housebreaking and murdering Connie Janneke, 61, at the Du Plooy Dairy farm near Cullinan. Janneke's body was discovered on her bed on January 21 2008 after she did not arrive for work. Her hands and feet were tied behind her back and a towel was wrapped tightly around her neck. Only her cellphone was missing. This is the real SA - No Mexico Drug War!

      daaivark - 2011-06-21 08:19

      SO leave. BYE NOW!

      sabrael - 2011-06-21 09:22

      I believe the Mexican drug war has far more brutal murders.. you should go there for a visit, John Paul.

  • Gordon - 2011-06-21 00:05

    well Obama visiting africa will be a great chance for her to see another country that too has problems. So I hope that she does not spread her words of her husband regarding the US economic recovery because it is not recovering but continuing to sink and absorb more debt. I would suggest that she saves the US taxpayers money and stay home. Excuse me but why uis she coming anyway??? Kids need a vacation on US taxpayers tab???

      cjm3 - 2011-06-22 09:02

      ja i agree y is she here?

  • sibusiso.mpofu1 - 2011-06-21 00:07

    Damn! We have some confused souls in SA! Some people talk like they hate being here! I wonder why, so sudden from the darlings of last year June! Hypocrytes and parasites! Only when it works for you!!

  • nibishaka - 2011-06-21 14:52

    surely you are obssessed about Malema.

  • NappyHead - 2011-06-21 15:08

    I honestly think she is just taking advantage of the power she has as first lady to educate her children, nothing political about this visit. Obviously she has to shake hands and do all the pleasantries to get the VIP treatment I would do the same for my kids if I were in her position, and I was a woman, and black, and born in America, and married to the president.

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