SA proof people can change world - Obama

2013-06-30 18:42
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Barack Obama on Robben Island

US President Barack Obama and his family visited Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in jail. See all the pictures.

Cape Town - US President Barack Obama says if any country in the world shows how people can create change, it's South Africa.

Speaking at the University of Cape Town during his week-long trip to sub-Saharan Africa, he invoked former present Nelson Mandela's struggles as the source of his own inspiration to serve the public.

Obama's speech comes nearly 50 years after Robert F Kennedy delivered his famous "Ripple of Hope" speech at the same venue.

Obama says it would have been impossible to imagine that 50 years later, an African-American president would speak at the university.

He says figures like Mandela and Kennedy represent a challenge to make a difference and show that the voice of the next generation matters.
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