The second State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa garnered a lot of interest from netizens this week, with South Africans generating more than 100 000 search queries for “SONA 2019” on Wednesday and more than 10 000 queries for “SONA 2019 Time” on Thursday.
In other trending Google searches, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) is the most searched individual on Google South Africa this week. This after news broke of his and his wife’s arrest by authorities at their Rustenburg hotel home on Friday on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. While church devotees took to social media to defend their leader, Bushiri trended twice on Google Search:
- With more than 20 000 search queries on Monday for “Bushiri Breaking News”
- With more than 100 000 search queries last Friday for “Bushiri”
On Tuesday, Lotto players were eager to find out whether they had won the National Lottery’s PowerBall and PowerBall Plus jackpots of R165 million and R5 million respectively. “PowerBall results winning numbers” generated more than 10 000 search queries, tying with “DJ Shimza” who took to Twitter to announce that his Mercedes Benz AMG G63 had been stolen from his home in Blue Valley Golf Estates, Centurion.
On Monday, “21 Savage” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Google South Africa, as it emerged that the rapper had been arrested for overstaying his United States visa and is now facing deportation. Prior to the arrest, 21 Savage fans assumed that the 26-year-old rapper was an American citizen contrary to the claims of US immigration officers who say he is in fact British.
An M-Net Sunday movie generated more than 10 000 search queries on Sunday with netizens looking up information on “Breaking In”. The action film stars Gabrielle Union as a mother who has to save her children from home intruders. “Gabrielle Union” also generated more than 2 000 search queries on Sunday.
The Economic Freedom Fighters hosted thousands at Giant Stadium in Soshanguve on Saturday as the party launched its election manifesto. Amongst other topics, in his speech Julius Malema covered land, jobs, youth unemployment, living conditions and drug abuse. “EFF manifesto launch 2019” generated more than 20 000 search queries on the day.
Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes 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.