Mrs Obama was accompanied by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson – but not her husband, US President Barack Obama – for the trip focusing on young women leaders and the legacy of the anti-apartheid struggle.  The first lady, wearing a formal red and black jacket and black trousers, was greeted by South African Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, his wife Liz and three sons.  She was given a bouquet of flowers by three girls aged 10 and 11, and her daughters were each given a blanket emblazoned with the South African flag.  Mrs Obama waved to journalists before heading to two black cars waiting in front of the plane.

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