What trended on Google in South Africa this year? - Stuff

What trended on Google in South Africa this year?

What trended on Google in South Africa this year?

Google has announced its annual statistics concerning web search around the world. And locally we’re not even surprised, because most of the top Google search terms for South Africa in 2018 mirror the real issues that South Africans experience on a daily. Here’s a breakdown of the search company’s Year in South African Search.

The Google year review looks at the top searches in a few categories, like what people, places, and things locals searched for the most. Even which questions folks asked Google in times of need (with surprisingly many requests for the nearest Nandos).

South Africans mostly displayed interest in local and international celebrities this year, and a smattering of local news and events. Six of the top ten searches were specific to SA: load shedding, Global Citizen, Zuma, Winnie Mandela, HHP, and of course deadly polony (listeriosis).

The top personalities list includes three politicians, two sports stars, and the other five relate to current affairs and news events. It is clear that South Africans keep up to date with political climate and current events in their country.

A look through the lists gives a bit of insight into South African culture. This way you’ll get to know the South African struggles that Google assists with every day.  

Top trending South African searches

  1. World Cup fixtures
  2. Load shedding
  3. Global Citizen
  4. Zuma
  5. Winnie Mandela
  6. HHP
  7. Listeriosis
  8. Black Panther
  9. Meghan Markle
  10. Mac Miller

Trending personalities

  1. Zuma
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Kevin Anderson
  5. Malusi Gigaba
  6. Ashwin Willemse
  7. Patrice Motsepe
  8. Cheryl Zondi
  9. Shamila Batohi
  10. Mlindo the Vocalist

Top Questions

  1. How did Avicii die?
  2. How old is Pharrell Williams?
  3. What is listeriosis?
  4. What is black data?
  5. How old is Prince Harry?
  6. How much are Global Citizen tickets?
  7. How to get pregnant?
  8. What time is the royal wedding?
  9. What happened to HHP?
  10. How old is Meghan Markle?

Top ‘near me’ searches

  1. Jobs near me
  2. Nandos near me
  3. Dischem near me
  4. McDonalds near me
  5. Guest house near me
  6. Postnet near me
  7. Steers near me
  8. Spar near me
  9. Debonairs near me
  10. Spur near me

Top women

  1. Winnie Mandela
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Aretha Franklin
  5. Khloe Kardashian
  6. Sophie Ndaba
  7. Cheryl Zondi
  8. Demi Lovato
  9. Lerato Sengadi
  10. Siam Lee
Marce is the Deputy Digital Editor at Stuff Magazine.

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