Last updated on Jun 15th, 2020 at 07:53 pm

This year’s trending searches show South Africans keen interest in local celebrities, news and events, with six of the top 10 trending search terms being local.

The top personalities list also reflects this – three of the top 10 are politicians, two are sports stars, and the other five related to current affairs and news events. But what we’re really interested in, are the top questions because this always gives a good reflection of what was going on in the year.

Top Questions

The top questions list shows South Africans’ awareness of and curiosity about what is happening in the world around them – from celebrities to more personal concerns.

  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?

And if like us, you also asked yourself “What is black data?” when reading this list, we have saved you a google. Black Data is the low-cost streaming plans offered by Cell C. Also Pharrell is 45 years old while Harry is 34 and Meghan is 37.

Top trending South African searches

From the World Cup to listeriosis, Zuma and Global Citizen, South Africans use search to find the things they really need to know.

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  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

Politicians took centre stage as did Mlindo the Vocalist thanks to his break out hit about losing the love of his life to a blesser.

  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 women

Of course, a Kardashian features, but this is only one of four non-South Africans that made the list.

  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

Top ‘near me’ searches

The ‘near me’ list shows just how much South Africans have come to rely on online sources to find businesses close to them, especially when it comes to finding food.

  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

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google this year.