Top 10 Google searches in South Africa in 2018


Google South Africa has released the top searches in the country over the past year.

The list is dominated by questions on music stars and royals: specifically, how old they are – or how they died.

1. ‘How did Avicii die?’

In April, DJ and producer Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28. Details surrounding the cause of death were initially a mystery – sending many searching for answers. 

2. ‘How old is Pharrell Williams?’

The 45-year old rapper, singer and acclaimed producer has been making music since the 1990s.

3. ‘What is listeriosis?’

The country was gripped by a listeriosis outbreak that killed more than 200 people. South Africans new to the term turned to Google Search.

4. ‘What is black data?’

Cell C sent South Africans searching for answers after it rolled out new low-cost prepaid data bundles that allowed users to stream movies, series, music, sport and more, without incurring any data costs.

5. ‘How old is Prince Harry?’

SA internet users were also curious about the prince’s age. (Answer: 34)

6. ‘How much are Global Citizen tickets?’

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

7. ‘How to get pregnant?’

While the answer may seem relatively straightforward, many South African searchers were probably looking for information to bolster their fertility.

8. ‘What time is the royal wedding?’

South Africans didn’t wanted to miss the ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that pulled in millions of viewers across the globe.

9. ‘What happened to HHP?’

The sudden passing of famed musician, Hip-Hop artist HHP was shrouded in mystery. 

10. ‘How old is Meghan Markle?’

South Africans also wondered about Meghan Markle’s age as the 37-year old geared up to became a member of the British royal family.


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