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Obamas to meet Mandela family

It has been confirmed that U.S President Barack Obama will meet with Nelson Mandela’s family.

"US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are received by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane after landing at the Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria on Friday evening, 28 June 2013. Picture: SAPA

PRETORIA - The White House has confirmed President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will hold a private meeting with Nelson Mandela's family.

It is unclear when or where this meeting will happen or which of the Mandela family members will be meeting the Obamas.

However, the U.S President and First Lady will not be visiting Madiba in hospital.

Madiba was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital for a reoccurring lung infection nearly three weeks ago.

The Presidency says his condition remains critical but stable.

Meanwhile, at the hospital get well messages from Lonmin miners are written on seven large pieces of paper with Madiba's face on and have been left near the entrance.

Mine Manager Etienne Hamman says 4,500 workers signed their tribute to the global icon and a small group delivered it earlier.

"At 10am we have a safety meeting. At safety meetings, we've been praying. We felt like that wasn't enough so we decided to take the prayers to Madiba."

The miners are neatly clad in formal wear and said a prayer before breaking out in song and marching up the street.

UNION BUILDINGS

Obama is locked in a meeting with President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings.

Obama and his family landed at the Waterkloof Air Force base on Friday night. It is his second stop on a three nation African tour.

Obama arrived at the Union Buildings under heavy security guard.

Obama and Zuma will have a press conference at noon after their talks. Obama will then head north for Soweto.

Obama will address the University of Johannesburg around 3:30pm but preparations are already well underway. Sound checks are underway and a podium, where Obama will deliver his speech, is being set up.

Obama will make a short address and then take questions from the audience.

It is hoped he will be asked to speak about some of the tough and controversial issues.