Zuma tops SA Google searches for 2018


Google South Africa has released its top searches in the country for 2018. The top trends shows what people in the country search for most often.

According to the report, the number one personality search is former president Jacob Zuma, closely followed by the current President Cyril Ramaphosa and fitness bunny Sbahle Mpisane.

The bunny made the news after she was involved in a car accident which left her “fighting for her life” in ICU.

Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also made it to the list.

The searches also include the Global Citizen Festival, load shedding and the 2018 FIFA World Cup that took place in Russia.

The Global Citizen Festival which featured performances by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher, and ColdPlay’s Chris Martin, Casper Nyovest and Sho Madjozi among others was without a doubt the biggest music event in the country in 2018.

DJ and producer Avicii also topped the list.

In April, DJ and producer Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, at the age of 28. Initially, details surrounding the cause of his death were a mystery – and as a result, many South Africans took to Google to search for answers.

Food searches also made it to the list, with oxtail and cake recipes topping the list.

Listeriosis outbreak has also come up in the top searches for this year. The listeriosis outbreak killed 216 people, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Under the ‘near me searches’ most South Africans are in desperate need of jobs.

Click here to see the full search lists….

Here’s the top 10 most-searched questions in South Africa in 2018:

How did Avicii die?

How old is Pharrell Williams?

What is listeriosis?

What is black data?

How old is Prince Harry?

How much are Global Citizen tickets?

How to get pregnant?

What time is the royal wedding?

What happened to HHP?

How old is Meghan Markle?

These were the top Google searches in SA for 2018

South African Personalities

1 [Jacob] 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

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