Zuma preparing to receive Obama

2013-06-27 18:28

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is preparing to receive US President Barack Obama on Saturday for talks aimed at boosting ties with South Africa, the presidency said on Thursday.

"This is a significant visit which will take political, economic, and people-to-people relations between the two countries to a higher level, while also enhancing co-operation between US and the African continent at large," the presidency said in a statement.

According to the statement Obama's visit remains on track despite the critical health condition of former president Nelson Mandela.

It came some two hours after Zuma said Mandela's condition had improved since Wednesday evening, when the president cancelled a trip to Mozambique where he was meant to attend a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in South Africa from Senegal on Friday, accompanied by his family and a business delegation.

He will meet Zuma and a Cabinet delegation, including the ministers of economic development, state security, and health, at the Union Buildings.

"South Africa values its warm and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States immensely," the presidency said.

It added that Saturday's talks were expected to "cover strengthening the status of bilateral relations, trade and investments, education, health, development assistance, as well as security and development co-operation in Africa".

Speaking in Senegal, Obama on Thursday hailed Mandela as a hero and said his legacy would endure.

He is on a three-nation visit to Africa and is meant to travel to Cape Town on Sunday before moving on to Tanzania.

  • Siya Black - 2013-06-27 18:48

    Wow, 20 minutes later and a Zuma article hasn't been trolled yet? So there is a God after all

      Joe Marshe - 2013-06-27 19:14

      You are the troll in this case.

  • Johannes Ramara - 2013-06-27 18:48

    From now on all south african employees will be subjected to a policy called fire at will. This policy was partly used by anc enterpreneurs involved in tender business. Employ a zimbabwean and fire him or her when you want. Obama is coming to give it officially to Anc.. Expect this on children of the soil soon. Mind my words read my lips.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-06-27 22:41

      What do you think goes on in China? An employer should be allowed to fire a worker for not giving a cause. The right of an employer to hire is the right of an employer to fire the worker. The only exception when there is a contract is involved. If enough businesses are started, the employers will be begging people to work.

  • Siya Black - 2013-06-27 18:50

    Oh, I spoke too soon.. It was only a matter of time! Trolls love Zuma

  • Rolien Prinsloo - 2013-06-27 18:55

    I wonder if Obama will stay at Nkandla with its world class security and bunkers and all.

  • Thabani Dube - 2013-06-27 18:57

    Imagine the discussion which will take place between two people with far different IQ's.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-06-27 20:48

      Showerhead will have to respond from a written script, or maybe motormouth-mac will skeak for him.

      Anthony Cowen - 2013-06-27 21:56


      Anthony Cowen - 2013-06-27 22:01

      Eich this guy is more worried with his Glory and exposure he will get with Obama than Madiba DISGUSTING

  • Thami Jeffrey - 2013-06-27 19:09

    PLEASE don't sing and dance!!!!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-06-27 19:31

      Tough one there,spontaneous our president.

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-28 09:50

      Oh come now - one performance by JZ The Circus Clown can't hurt.... :)

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-28 10:50

      Thami Jeffrey. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-06-27 19:25

    Preparing?He's spending more time at the hospital giving rolling updates

  • Tabona Kelapile - 2013-06-27 19:35

    prepare a nice song and dance which wil serenade Obama.

  • Colette Kitson - 2013-06-27 19:55

    President Obama. I really hope Madiba's health does not take away attention from the problems in our country. Hope you will still ask Zuma about the corruption in his government. What we have now is not what Madiba wanted for this country. Our leaders are filling their own coffers. Taking away from the people who need it most.

      Chamelle Pitt - 2013-06-28 05:02

      I understand your fustration about the country, but Obama is hardly the answer to our problems. This man should fix his own domestic economy and social woes right after he has sorted his foreign policy and stop being a global bully. He is unwelcome in South Africa

  • Paresh Tiloki - 2013-06-27 19:57

    Bama gonna buy zol for clinton from zoomahs tuckshop ? Airforce 1 landing at our No1 s private airstrip -kandla ?

      Duma Mqwathi - 2013-06-27 20:46

      Lol Paresh, you making me laugh!!

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-06-27 21:11

    Har har……s'tru né.

      Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-06-27 21:13

      @ Paresh :-)

  • Tim Norris - 2013-06-27 21:15

    So if he had not cancelled his trip to Moz, when would he have prepared his dance and song act? The comparison between the two "presidents" is just too embarrassing to watch. And this is NOT a news story. Why print this nonsense?

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-06-27 21:17

    Hope we can see those proper American fighter jets in action… please Barack, tell them to fly LOW; please tell them :-) :-)

  • Shelle Malan - 2013-06-27 21:21

    Methinks an honest announcement regarding Mandela will be made as soon as this "visit" is over. NOTHING can over-shadow the visit of Obama.

  • Khetho Rinae'smum Ravele - 2013-06-28 03:07


  • Darryl Maze - 2013-06-28 08:40

    Where is Air Force One gonna land??? Seeing Waterkloof Airforce base is no longer a National key point??????

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-28 09:55

      It's only NOT a national key point when they have to cover up The Circus Clown's lies...

      Ziyaad Naidoo - 2013-06-28 11:11

      Air Force 1 will land at Gutptakloof

  • Happy Moloto - 2013-06-28 08:46

    i wish our president good luck. this is a very important meeting. its going to benefit me and you.

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-28 09:56

      African mentality at work - always waiting for the next handout...

      Happy Moloto - 2013-06-28 10:18

      because the white man took..

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-28 10:56

      Happy Moloto. The white man took? But you are ready to take from white Americans?. You are just as confused as your President is.

      Martin Williams - 2013-06-29 08:30

      Keep on dreaming Happy. How can the USA help? They are bankrupt and the US$ will be dead very soon. Do you research before you start rejoicing!

  • Hemlock - 2013-06-28 09:40

    I can only imagine what a circus this will be. KFC for lunch? Zuma intelligence factor zero.

  • Happiness Dlomo - 2013-06-28 10:14

    Your critics of Zuma will never change anything he is your president like it or not is here to stay better get used to it for the next coming elections he's going to win! Good luck Msholozi on your meeting with Obama . If Obama brings his wallet thanx a lot that we need it! Obama you welcome!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-28 10:57

      Happiness Dlomo. Typical, always want the money of someone else.

      Martin Williams - 2013-06-29 08:35

      What? An empty wallet? Wake up ... USA is bankrupt. Screwed by the private banks. Go to if you really want to know the truth. Obama is not welcome here. The only people that want him here are the people that expect handouts.... Send Barry Soetoro back home where he belongs.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-28 10:47

    He is preparing to receive? Did he buy a new designer suit?.

  • Donker Afrika - 2013-06-28 11:19

    "Zuma preparing for Obama" Wow, I hope it includes pap and marourge for dinner. Thinking about a SA president that dances around in animal skins with a grade 5 achievement versus a Stanford graduate being the most powerful President in the word - please get real. SA really sucks from a political POV, I'm embarrassed.

  • Sisie Indola - 2013-06-28 13:46

    The heading says it all - Zuma must be taking a shower, having a manicure and standing in front of the mirror with that goofy smile and practicing his giggle. Please do not sing and dance - and keep your (fake) leopard skin locked away.

  • Martin Williams - 2013-06-29 08:27

    Let's get this right .... His name is Barry Soetoro and he is an Obamanation. Go to and see what he is doing to his country. uSA is a prison state.

  • Faith Holmes Tarby - 2013-06-29 08:49

    Oh my goodness..........there is hope for South Africa in the hands of the United States!!! Rather them than anyone else thats for sure!! Stop being negative!!! Stop the unnecessary killing, ban private firearms be positive and love one another and it will all come right. Obama and the American Government need to take over and get our beautiful country back on track!!!!!!! Stop blaming apartheid!! Get a life!! BE POSITIVE!! SPREAD THE LOVE!! Xx

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