Michelle Obama meets young people at UCT
By Khanyisa Tabata
23 June 2011
University of Cape Town Vice Chancellor Max Price says a visit by the United States First Lady Michelle Obama today will inspire school learners to aspire to a higher education.
The first lady today visited the university with the US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gipps, also in attendance was former UCT vice Chancellor Dr. Mamphela Ramphela who encouraged the youth to follow their dreams despite the odds.
The first lady also paid tribute to the late struggle icon Kader Asmal saying her country is mourning with South Africa.
“Let me first say my deepest condolences to the family of Kader Asmal and South Africa it is great loss for a country to lose two struggle icons in just a matter of weeks” said Mrs Obama.
She concluded by saying her highest priority when she travel is to meet young people and encourage them to do whatever the want to do in life.
The first lady met about 50 young people from different schools from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town she is expected to meet more of them at the Cape Town stadium this afternoon.