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Obama to visit South Africa in July for Mandela speech

Former US President Barack Obama Former US President Barack Obama
Conrad Doyle | 24 April, 2018, 10:10

Obama will also speak on what would have been the 100th birthday of the late South African president and civil rights icon. "His presidency was defined by his efforts to solidify the fragile democracy of South Africa, and by his lessons on the politics of "bridge-building" over the politics of division", said the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Obama Foundation in a joint statement.

Hatang said the foundation had been seeking someone with "an Africa heritage" to deliver an address that will "deal with issues of democracy" facing the world today.

"This year we thought: who can best represent the legacy of Madiba than the person whom we believe took on the baton when he became president of his own country", Hatang said.

"We hope that it will again be a significant moment for the two legacies to join", he said.

In what will be his most significant global project since leaving the White House, Barack Obama will gather the group of 200 in Johannesburg, South Africa, for five days of meetings, workshops and technical training, the New York Times reports.

The July 17 speech at the Ellis Park Arena in South Africa is expected to be attended by 4,000 people, one day before Nelson Mandela International Day.

Mandela would have turned 100 this year. Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95.

Former speakers include Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan to name a few.

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