Updated at 9:10 am with pool reports below.
Michelle Obama and family arrived in South Africa. The cousins and grandma join the official greeting line.
From today’s pool reports:
Johannesburg–First lady Michelle Obama met Tuesday afternoon with Nelson Mandela, this nation’s first black president, a revered figure who has largely disappeared from public view for many months.
It was a historic meeting for Mandela, 92, an iconic symbol of the country’s fight against apartheid, and Obama, 47, the first black wife of a U.S. president.
The first lady arrived Monday for a weeklong official visit to Africa. She and Mandela had not before met.
In 2005, Mandela met then-Sen. Obama in Washington, D.C. and a photo from that visit is kept in Mandela’s office, aides to the first lady said.
Tuesday’s face-to-face with the U.S. first lady took place at Mandela’s home, near his foundation, in Johannesburg’s well-manicured Houghton neighborhood.
Mrs. Obama was accompanied in the meeting by her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Malia, 12 and Sasha, 10.
Mrs. Obama also brought a nephew, Avery Robinson, 19, and niece, Leslie Robinson, 15, to Africa and they also visited with Mandela, said Semonti Stephens, deputy communications director for Mrs. Obama.
The two, from Corvallis, Oregon, are children of Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson.
Mandela, who was joined by his wife at Tuesday’s gathering, was hospitalized in January with an acute lung infection.
His wife, Graca Machel, is the former first lady of Mozambique.
Mrs. Obama kicked off her first full day of activities in South Africa by traveling from her hotel in Johannesburg to Pretoria.
A planned meeting with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, wife of President Jacob Zuma, was to start her official schedule, but was put off ’til later in the morning. Mrs. Zuma is one of his three wives.
Instead Obama began her appearances by meeting with South African leaders and U.S. Embassy employees at the stately Dutch Cape-styled residence of U.S. Ambassador Donald Gips. Guests were given pastries and postcard-sized color photos of President Obama as string musicians performed.
She returned to Johannesburg to meet about 11:30 a.m. with Mrs. Zuma at the stark, expansive white residence that rises amid lush grounds, a terraced garden and cypress and palm trees.
Their face-to-face lasted just under a half hour and reportedly talked about Mrs. Obama’s trip and schedule.
Obama is traveling this hilll-fringed metropolis amid cool temperatures despite a brilliant winter sun. She moves on to Botswana on Friday.