By 11 August 2021 | Categories: news


With Google Trends turning 15, Google today released the most searched topics over the past 15 years locally. Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for, with Google processing more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

A look at the list reveals that, among other things, South Africans use the internet to find the answer to pressing questions, stay informed on topical issues, connect to government services, keep up with their favourite public figures and look for work, food, entertainment and health-related information.

As Google celebrates the 15th anniversary of Google Trends, here is a look at some of the top Google searches in South Africa over the past 15 years. (‘Top searches’ indicate searches that topped Google’s charts while ‘Most searched’ queries are the most popular terms for the past 15 years, ranked in order by volume of searches.)

Top searched questions, past 15 years in South Africa

  1. Where to stay?

  2. How to make money fast?

  3. How to make love?

  4. What is love?

  5. What is my IP?

  6. How to make pancakes?

  7. How to download from Youtube?

  8. How to kiss?

  9. How to lose weight?

  10. How to lose belly fat?

Top sports events/tournament searches   

Top searched South Africans

  1. La Liga

  2. Champions League

  3. English Premier League

  4. PSL standings

  5. Rugby World Cup

  6. Serie A

  7. FA Cup

  8. England Championship

  9. Europa League

  10. Nedbank Cup

  1. Cassper Nyovest

  2. Cyril Ramaphosa

  3. Julius Malema

  4. Jacob Zuma

  5. Bonang Matheba

  6. Zodwa Wabantu

  7. Black Coffee

  8. Babes Wodumo

  9. Senzo Meyiwa

  10. Pearl Thusi

Top current affairs searches

Top job searches

  1. Load shedding

  2. Coronavirus South Africa

  3. National treasury

  4. Election Results

  5. Heritage Day

  6. Boko Haram

  7. Hoërskool Driehoek

  8. Curfew South Africa

  9. Ramaphosa’s Wife

  10. Chesterville Durban

  1. DPSA vacancies

  2. Career Junction

  3. Job Mail

  4. Gumtree Jobs

  5. Eskom vacancies

  6. Government vacancies

  7. Transnet vacancies

  8. Jobs in Pretoria

  9. Best jobs

  10. DPSA circular

Top searched government services

Top searched educational services

  1. Home affairs

  2. Department of labour

  3. Department of Education

  4. E-filing

  5. Department of Home Affairs

  6. Post office

  7. City of Johannesburg

  8. City of Tshwane

  9. City Power

  10. Department of Justice

  1. My Unisa

  2. Google Scholar

  3. UP portal

  4. Puff and pass

  5. University of Pretoria

  6. Google Classroom

  7. Department of Education

  8. UJ Ulink

  9. TUT ITS

  10. Rosebank College

Top searched international celebrities

Top searched lyrics

  1. Kim Kardashian

  2. Chris Brown

  3. Justin Bieber

  4. Lil Wayne

  5. Christiano Ronaldo

  6. Donald Trump

  7. Ariana Grande

  8. Taylor Swift

  9. Lady Gaga

  10. One Direction

  1. All of me lyrics

  2. Hallelujah lyrics

  3. Adele hello lyrics

  4. Despacito lyrics

  5. Thinking out loud lyrics

  6. Amazing grace lyrics

  7. Panda lyrics

  8. Drunk in love lyrics

  9. Say something lyrics

  10. WAP lyrics

Top food related searches

Top health related searches

  1. Romans Pizza

  2. KFC menu

  3. Nandos menu

  4. Debonairs pizza

  5. Ocean basket

  6. Chicken licken menu

  7. Food lovers market

  8. Pizza perfect

  9. Uber Eats

  10. Burger King menu

  1. Banting diet

  2. Pregnancy signs

  3. Apple cider vinegar

  4. NHLS login

  5. Symptoms of coronavirus

  6. Chicken pox

  7. Cystic Fibrosis

  8. Lower back pain

  9. Citro soda

  10. Blood in urine

Live Google search trends data is available at


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