What did you search most on Google this year? SASSA and the R350 grant top the list!

What did you search most on Google this year? SASSA and the R350 grant top the list!

'Squid Game' also made it onto the list for top searches! 


Every year, Google releases the results of the top searches in the world and varying countries. In South Africa, the most searched topics have always ranged from politicians and top celebs to prominent deaths and music trends. 

This year the top search indicated how the economic situation in the country is looking for millions of South Africans. 

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Google released the annual list of most searched for terms for 2021 and the South African Social Security Agency and the R350 grant came out at the top of the list.

If we rewind, the unemployment grant was introduced in April 2020 as a measure by the government to support citizens in need and those who may have lost sources of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns.

Another thing that people Googled the most was the question: 'What is happening in South Africa?' Mind-blowing, right? 

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That makes sense with the multiple deaths when COVID-19 cases were peaking, local government elections, KZN unrest, and petrol hikes among some others. 

Not surprising, but other top searches this year include the COVID-19 vaccine, the deaths of popular actor and director Shona Ferguson, as well as the local government election results and Squid Game and Skeem Saam.

Have a look at other top searches here: 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Trending music searches:

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

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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?

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See anything you definitely know you searched? 

If not, you might want to check what the big deal was about any of these. 


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