South African Adventure

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First Lady and daughters arrive Monday for week-long trip to South Africa and Botswana.

In Soweto Wednesday, will visit a number of historical sites.

Earlier: She met Mandela at his Johannesburg home Tuesday after a tour given by the former president’s wife, Graca Machel.

DETAILS: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA’S VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA AND BOTSWANA

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana during an official visit to Africa from June 20 – 26 focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011 – PRETORIA & JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Mrs. Obama will start her day by traveling to Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, where she will meet with President Zuma’s wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, at the official residence of the President. This visit will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

Mrs. Obama will then remain in Pretoria where she will attend a reception with South African leaders organized by the U.S. Embassy. Following the reception, Mrs. Obama will thank Embassy employees and their families. Both events will be closed press.

Following her time in Pretoria, Mrs. Obama and her family will visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Mrs. Obama and her family will meet with Graca Machel, Former First Lady of Mozambique, and wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who will give them a tour of the Foundation and provide a private viewing of former President Mandela’s archives.

Finally, Mrs. Obama and her family will tour the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, a first-of-its-kind museum that opened in 2001 to illustrate the rise and fall of the apartheid.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 – JOHANNESBURG & CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

In the morning, Mrs. Obama will travel to the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, where she will deliver the keynote address to a U.S.-sponsored Young African Women Leaders Forum. Forum participants will include young women from across sub-Saharan Africa who are leading or involved in social and economic initiatives in their own countries. The Regina Mundi Church holds particular historical significance for the people of South Africa and the Soweto community. During the anti-apartheid movement, when political gatherings were banned, churches became a hub for activity. During the Soweto student uprising of June 16, 1976 – when students such as twelve year-old Hector Pieterson were killed – a number of young people ran to the Regina Mundi Church where they were followed by police and fired upon. The church remains a national symbol of the struggle.

Mrs. Obama will then visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, honoring the twelve year-old boy who protested apartheid and was shot and killed by apartheid government police. An iconic news photograph documents Pieterson’s body being carried through the streets of Soweto with his distraught sister running along-side him. The date Pieterson was killed, June 16, 1976, has been commemorated as Youth Day in South Africa, and this year June has been declared Youth Month.

In the afternoon, the Young African Women Leaders will be divided into three breakout sessions where they will discuss ideas and build connections with each other. Mrs. Obama will visit two of these sessions which will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

Mrs. Obama will complete her visit to Johannesburg by leading the final group of forum participants in a community service project at a community center.

In the evening, Mrs. Obama and her family will depart Johannesburg for Cape Town at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria. Mrs. Obama and her family’s evening departure will be closed press.

Mrs. Obama and her family will arrive in Cape Town at Cape Town International Airport that evening. This arrival will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011 – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Mrs. Obama will begin her day in Cape Town by thanking United States Consulate employees and their families. This event will be closed press.

Then Mrs. Obama and her family will visit Robben Island – where former President Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned.

As a continuation of her commitment to engaging young people, supporting educational opportunities and promoting youth mentoring, Mrs. Obama will invite students from area schools in historically disadvantaged communities for a day-long university “immersion experience” at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town will provide the students with campus tours, discussions with University students and exposure to studying on campus. The students will attend a full day of activities at the University of Cape Town, concluding the day with a visit by Mrs. Obama, who will deliver brief remarks and answer their questions.

Mrs. Obama will complete her day with a visit to the Cape Town Soccer Stadium, site of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. There she will meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a visit that will be covered by a pre-established press pool. Mrs. Obama will then meet with organizations dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including using soccer as a means to convene and educate South African children about HIV/AIDS. This meeting will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

Finally, at the Cape Town Soccer Stadium, Mrs. Obama will join girls and boys from the Cape Town area, including its townships, on the soccer field for activities and drills. This event will be open press, however, space is limited.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA & GABORONE, BOTSWANA

In the morning, Mrs. Obama and her family will depart Cape Town, South Africa for Gaborone, Botswana at Cape Town International Airport. This departure will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

Mrs. Obama and her family will arrive in Gaborone, Botswana at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. Mrs. Obama and her family’s morning arrival will be open press, however, space is limited.

Mrs. Obama will visit the Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinic Center of Excellence’s Teen Club that was assembled to teach leadership among teens and encourage young people to teach others about HIV/AIDS. Mrs. Obama will join Teen Club members in a service project at the site for the planned Botswana Baylor Adolescent Center. The new facility is in the pre-construction phase. This event will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

Mrs. Obama will travel to the Presidency where she will meet with President Ian Khama. This visit will be covered by a pre-established press pool.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011 – GABORONE, BOTSWANA

Mrs. Obama will begin her day by thanking U.S. Embassy employees and their families. This event is closed press.

Following this event, Mrs. Obama and her family will depart for private family safari events.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011 – GABORONE, BOTSWANA

Mrs. Obama and her family will depart Gaborone, Botswana at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. Mrs. Obama’s midday departure will be open press, however, space is limited.

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intended to improve relations between the U.S. and Africa and promote youth engagement, education, health and wellness.

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