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W.Cape job gains, national DNA database for fighting crime, FIFA HQ arrests

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W. Cape sees biggest job gains in the face of high unemployment nationally

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: the Western Cape has seen huge gains in job creation in the face of a 26.4% spike in the national unemployment rate. The province has seen 91 000 work opportunities being creating in the first quarter, while Gauteng, the country's financial hub has seen 30 000 jobs created. Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde:

Generally speaking for South Africa - not good. But in the Western Cape, we've come out the season with 91 000 jobs, Gauteng with 31 000 jobs - that's of course in one quarter in the year. We are working hard at pushing our numbers, but the indicators are good - the airport numbers were up 7,7% year on year, so that's post a quarter. We've had a good agricultural season and the tourism numbers are also looking good, but what's loading this is the load shedding.

New national DNA database to be used in fighting crime

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: following the sad news of the death of missing 19-year-old Ipeleng Moholane, police are said to be on a manhunt for the killers and it is still not clear whether she was raped and strangled. In January legislation was passed that would make it mandatory to set up a national forensic DNA database. Vanessa Lynch is the Executive Director of the DNA Project:

The first challenge is that one has to ensure that the crime scene is preserved to the extent that they can go and collect evidence where we would hopefully be able to get DNA or biological evidence from any items such as clothing or evidence in the crime scene. The body is also a crime scene and the great thing about having a DNA database is that even if we don't have a suspect now, the police would be able use the profile built for intelligence and see if there may be trends and identify a serial killer or repeat offenders.

'The timing of the arrests can't be coincidental' - Craig on FIFA exec arrests

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: a dramatic showdown has been seen at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland this morning where top officials were arrested acting on US corruption charges. The arrests come ahead of FIFA's presidential election in the next few days. Former 2010 LOC Media Manager, now currently the Brand and Editorial Executive of the Independent Media group, Jermaine Craig:

Some dramatic stuff coming out Zurich right now; just 72 hours out before their presidential election. The timing of the arrests just so soon, can't be coincidental, with regards to coinciding with the election. With these reports also coming out that former Fifa exec's in North America being investigated around previous events. (On whether they would postpone the presidential election) it's difficult to say from their perspective, but I suspect they might go ahead and that Blatter might be elected for a fifth time.

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