Sun 30 June 13.30 Fish Hoek, Cape Town
The Fish Hoek sports fields have been cordoned off in preparation for the arrival of President Obama and his contingent who will be visiting the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Masiphumelele this afternoon. The sniffer dogs have been on patrol, crowds are beginning to gather on the periphery of the fields and there is generally a sense of excitement about the arrival of the world’s most powerful man in our “Far South” end of the Cape Peninsula, a half hour’s drive out of Cape Town, South Africa.
Five US helicopters landed on the sportsfields on Thursday afternoon – see the photos on
At the moment there are six Golden Arrow buses parked along the border of the soccer fields as well as two fire engines. The road to the fields has been cordoned off.
I will keep you posted as the afternoon progresses!
A South African police helicopter has just dropped off a team of men. A small horse brigade is also present.
Several black limousines and a number of large passenger vehicles have arrived.
Still in a state of expectancy. A South African police helicopter landed near the Silvermine wetlands adjacent to the field about ten minutes ago – and stayed.
Our South African helicopter has just taken off. No other action.
After surveying the neighbouring area the helicopter has landed and the first US helicopter is approaching.
President Obama landed. And the entourage have taken off for Masi.
And once again all is quiet on the home front, with just two US helicopters still on the fields and our South African one.