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This week I’m writing to you from Cape Town!

I'm visiting friends and family and of course will be visiting everyone at EC Cape Town, where I used to work.

I've been reading the newspapers and saw that Michelle Obama is going to be here at the same time as me, maybe I'll go and say hello! Read through this brief article and then see if you can answer the true or false questions below.

Take care everyone, maybe I'll see some of you in our Cape Town English school!

By Caroline Devane

Michelle Obama in Cape Town

First Lady Michelle Obama will make an official visit to South Africa this month, focusing on youth leadership, education and health and wellness.

She will travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Gaborone in neighbouring Botswana from June 21-26. Obama will speak to a forum of young women who are involved in social and economic initiatives in their home countries.

"Africa's future will be shaped by its growing and dynamic youth population," the White House said.

Michelle Obama has made similar youth advocacy visits to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and Britain.

"Building stronger and more enduring relationships with Africa's emerging young leaders, tapping the strength and potential of African women, and investing in the health and well-being of its children upholds core American values and advances American interests," the White House said.

The White House hosted a similar event, the President's Forum with Young African Leaders, in August 2010.

Obama has made youth issues, particularly combating childhood obesity in the US, a focus of her time as first lady.

Her mother, Marian Robinson, and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, will join her in the visit.

Now decide if the following sentences are true or false:

  • 1. During her stay, Michelle Obama will focus on care for the elderly.

  • 2. She is only going to visit South Africa.

  • 3. The White House believes that youth are extremely important to the development of South Africa.

  • 4. Michelle Obama has travelled to many different countries.

  • 5. This is the first time the White House has hosted such an event.

  • 6. Michelle Obama will be travelling to South Africa with her family.