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Google South Africa reveals top searches for 2016

From the US elections and Donald Trump to Pokemon Go and the Olympics, 2016 has been another crazy year for Google searches.

Now, the Mountain View firm has revealed South Africa’s top queries for the year, ranging from overall searches to celebrities and more.

“This year’s overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel. Where last year’s top searches — loadshedding and xenophobia — were distinctly local issues, this year’s top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large, not just at home,” the company explained in a statement.

Check out the results below…

Top trending overall searches

  1. Pokemon Go

  2. Euro 2016

  3. Olympic Games Rio 2016

  4. Donald Trump

  5. Election Results

  6. Mandoza

  7. IEC

  8. Mall of Africa

  9. Caster Semenya

  10. US Elections 2016

Top trending SA politicians and prominent figures

  1. Jacob Zuma

  2. Public Protector

  3. Gupta family

  4. Thoko Didiza

  5. Mcebo Dlamini

  6. Pravin Gordhan

  7. Sipho Pityana

  8. Brian Molefe

  9. Thuli Madonsela

  10. Khwesi

Top trending SA celebrities

  1. Mandoza

  2. Gugu Zulu

  3. Emtee

  4. Babes Wodumo

  5. Gareth Cliff

  6. Nasty C

  7. Rapulana Seiphemo

  8. Nyembezi Kunene

  9. Ayanda Mabulu

  10. Duke Soul

Top trending SA TV shows

  1. Cash Gang

  2. Uzalo

  3. Muvhango

  4. Isibaya

  5. Idols SA

  6. Beintehaa

  7. Bigg Boss 9

  8. Skeem Saam

  9. The Voice South Africa

  10. Antara Nur Dan Dia

Top trending ‘how to’ searches

  1. How to download pokemon go

  2. How to build a strong business relationship

  3. How to lose belly fat

  4. How to heat up cosmetic oil for production

  5. How to remove bookmarks

  6. How to make slime

  7. How to tie a doek

  8. How to deal with poor confidence

  9. How to cope with being alone

  10. How to prepare battered jackfruit

Top trending ‘what is’ queries

  1. What is Pokemon Go?

  2. What is Java?

  3. What is globalisation?

  4. What is a blesser?

  5. What is Brexit?

  6. What is the weather today?

  7. What is meant by restorative justice?

  8. What is research?

  9. What is a dependent variable?

  10. What is biome?

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
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