Skatryk Book Launch (Wednesday 19 April 2023)

Oude Leeskamer invites you to the book launch of Johan Fourie’s latest book, Skatryk: Waarom ons beter leef as ons voorsate, on Wednesday the 19th of April at 17h30 for 18h00.

Why are we richer than our ancestors? What does an Indonesian volcano have to do with the Great Trek? How do you win a World Cup? And what did Charlemagne have in common with King Zwelethini? These are just some of the questions that popular Report columnist Johan Fourie entertainingly explores in this delightfully readable economic history that spans from the migration from Africa 100,000 years ago to today. Skatryk is a fascinating journey through history that shows us how wealth is created and built. Why does one group prosper, but another continues to struggle? Fourie explains in his unique, entertaining style full of unexpected facts why the builders of a society – rather than those who tear it down – ultimately prevail.

Please email Clara at to reserve your seat, as space is limited (entry is free).