US President Barack Obama is to meet members of Nelson Mandela's family during his visit to South Africa, the White House says.
But officials confirmed that the president will not see the ailing leader himself, who is in a critical conditions in hospital.
Mr Obama is in Pretoria as part of his three-country tour of Africa and is having talks with President Jacob Zuma.
Trade and economic co-operation are expected to be high on the agenda.
The US president has described Mr Mandela as a "hero for the world".
Mr Mandela, who is 94, is critically ill in hospital, where he was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.
His ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said on Friday she felt it would not be right for President Obama to visit him while he was in a critical condition.
"I'm not a doctor but I can say that from what he was a few days ago there is great improvement, but clinically he is still unwell," she said.
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