A View from the Other Side

Ambassador Charles R. Stith is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and the founder and chairman of the African Presidential Leadership Center in South Africa. Appointed by President Clinton, he served as U.S. Ambassador from 1998 to 2001, beginning his term just one month after the August 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

Because of his able and steady leadership, the embassy emerged from this traumatic period and set a new standard by promoting U.S. trade and investment in Africa.

Stith is currently the executive chairman of The Pula Group, a family of companies focused on high value investment opportunities in Africa. He served on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



“In this book, Ambassador Stith raises the questions politicians and policy makers around the world should be asking. He has also offered some compelling answers.”
His Excellency Jakaya M. Kikwete former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

“As a business person, I have been particularly mindful of the economic

consequences of COVID-19 for the continent. Few have zeroed-in on the economic consequences like Stith. He has championed the interest of the poor and, at the same time, focused on the challenges we need to overcome to further

the greater good.”

Marcelina !Gaoses, Musa Capital Namibia

“ I have known Ambassador Stith for more than a decade. He has been one of Africa’s greatest advocates and champions. This book is another example of his appreciation for the challenges the continent faces and, more specifically, how it might recover from the damage done by COVID-19”.

His Excellency Rupiah Banda, former President of the Republic of Zambia

“While a Democrat, [Stith] is also an American and as with most Americans, economic considerations are at the front of the queue. He brandishes a no-nonsense pragmatism and while at times this can come across as glib, there are also many truths South Africans tend to avoid for fear of upsetting the wrong people.”
John Harvey

Daily Dispatch Weekend (SA)

Title: A view from the other side – Locked down in South Africa
ISBN: 978-1-77634-438-3
Book size: 228mm x 152mm
204 pages text and colour photographs
US Price: Hard Copy $ 18.99 or Electronic $ 15.99
RSA Price: R250 including postage within RSA