Farai Jongwe, 46, sits dejectedly in the driver’s seat of his taxi. It is 3.30pm and the sun is beating down mercilessly. “I have been in town since morning and I have not had a trip,” he tells the FM. “I don’t have a cent.”

Such days are common; sometimes he has to park his car in town and hitch a ride home. Today, he hopes his luck will change and he’ll get a fare. He needs just one, he says — it will be enough to buy fuel for tomorrow. If push comes to shove, he may pick up some passengers on his way back and charge them $1 each. ..

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