Experts have warned that stage 6 load shedding – the worst since 2019 – sparked by a wildcat strike at ailing power utility Eskom could stamp out the SA economy’s recent tentative green shoots. Fin24 quotes economist Thabi Leoka as saying that the introduction of Stage 6 load shedding was a massive setback after a hard-fought recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, where companies and factories expected to ramp up their activity and employ more people. She said there was a risk to South Africa’s sovereign credit ratings and those of its entities as “electricity problems do shave off from GDP”.