The impact of COVID-19 on the world economy has been enormous. The â€śknock-downâ€ť effect of the lockdown in South Africa has been pervasive. For every business affected, there are people who have lost jobs or at best have had significantly reduced income. Reduced income reduces spending power. Reduced spending power reduces income (and therefore profits) to the companies that those individuals would ordinarily have bought from. Those companies in turn can no longer afford to pay their staff and so the cycle continues.