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Every year around this time Google takes a look at the trending searches, with 2021 being no different. Google's 2021 Year in Search compiles the moments, people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year, with the below covering South Africa's unique queries and questions. 

 As the pandemic entered the second year,  ‘Sassa status check’ emerged as the top trending search in 2021 - a reflection of the impact COVID-19 has had on the livelihoods of South Africans. The lists also reveal the country's uncompromising love of sports and entertainment as ‘Euro 2020’ and  ‘Squid Game’, the Korean TV series that enthralled the world, both topped their respective categories. 

Here are the trending searches in 2021.

Trending general searches:

  1. Sassa status check

  2. Euro 2020

  3. Premier League

  4. Shona Ferguson

  5. PSL

  6. Pakistan vs South Africa

  7. Election results

  8. Killer Kau

  9. DMX

  10. Wimbledon

Trending local personalities:

  1. Jacob Zuma

  2. Mpura

  3. Ace Magashule

  4. Zola7

  5. Prince Kaybee

  6. Bishop Makamu

  7. Percy Tau

  8. Noxolo Grootboom

  9. Carl Niehaus

  10. Tatjana Schoenmaker

Trending global personalities:

  1. Christian Eriksen

  2. Alec Baldwin

  3. Gabby Petito

  4. The Weeknd

  5. Pete Davidson

  6. Brian Laundrie

  7. Serena Williams

  8. Joe Biden

  9. Lil Nas X

  10. Kyle Rittenhouse

Trending 2021 loss:

  1. Shona Ferguson

  2. Killer Kau

  3. DMX

  4. Jackson Mthembu

  5. Menzi Ngubane

  6. TB Joshua

  7. Prince Phillip

  8. FW de Klerk

  9. Noxolo Maqashalala

  10. King Zwelithini

Trending sport:

  1. Euro 2020

  2. Premier League

  3. PSL

  4. Pakistan vs South Africa

  5. T20 World Cup

  6. Wimbledon

  7. La Liga

  8. Champions League

  9. IPL

  10. Man united vs Liverpool

Trending movies and TV shows:

  1. Squid Game

  2. Bridgerton

  3. Red Notice

  4. Black Widow

  5. Skeem Saam teasers 

  6. Mortal Kombat

  7. Suicide Squad

  8. No Time to Die

  9. The Good Doctor

  10. Friends Reunion

Trending music searches:

  1. DONDA

  2. Drake - Certified Lover Boy

  3. Adele - Easy On Me

  4. John Wick

  5. J. Cole new album

  6. Osama - Zakes Bantwini

  7. Amapiano songs

  8. Kabza De Small - Asibe Happy

  9. Cha Cha Slide

  10. Umsebenzi Wethu

Trending “What is” general:

  1. What is state of emergency?

  2. What is covid 19 ?

  3. What is human trafficking?

  4. What is happening in Afghanistan?

  5. What is Ivermectin?

  6. What is global warming?

  7. What is substance abuse?

  8. What is Squid Game?

  9. What is Gender Based Violence?

  10. What is happening in South Africa?

Trending "How to" general:

  1. How to apply for R350 grant?

  2. How to register for vaccine?

  3. How to check matric results online?

  4. How to register to vote online?

  5. How to check Sassa balance?

  6. How to tie a tie?

  7. How to make money online in South Africa?

  8. How to claim UIF online?

  9. How to drink ivermectin for Covid?

  10. How to apply for NSFAS?

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