WATCH: What have South Africans been Googling in 2018?

Every year, Google looks back on the most searched topics of the year. This year South Africans showed a keen interest in celebrities, current affairs and even how to get pregnant. We're joined now by head of communications for Google SA, Mich Atagana, to discuss the year's trends. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG – The most searched items, people and questions on Google in South Africa this year have been revealed.

This year's trending searches show South Africans keen interest in local celebrities, news and events, with six of the top 10 trending search terms being local.

The top personalities list also reflects this -- three of the top 10 are politicians, two are sports stars, and the other five related to current affairs and news events.

The world-famous sporting event featured high on the list.

  • Top trending South African searches
  1. World Cup fixtures
  2. Load shedding
  3. Global Citizen
  4. Zuma
  5. Winnie Mandela
  6. HHP
  7. Listeriosis
  8. Black Panther
  9. Meghan Markle
  10. Mac Miller

  • Trending personalities
  1. Jacob Zuma
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Kevin Anderson
  5. Malusi Gigaba
  6. Ashwin Willemse
  7. Patrice Motsepe
  8. Cheryl Zondi
  9. Shamila Batohi
  10. Mlindo the Vocalist
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Top women
  1. Winnie Mandela
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Sbahle Mpisane
  4. Aretha Franklin
  5. Khloe Kardashian
  6. Sophie Ndaba
  7. Cheryl Zondi
  8. Demi Lovato
  9. Lerato Sengadi
  10. Siam Lee

he top questions list shows South Africans’ awareness of and curiosity about what is happening in the world around them -- from celebrities to more personal concerns, while the ‘near me’ list shows just how much South Africans have come to rely on online sources to find businesses close to them.

  • Top Questions
  1. How did Avicii die?
  2. How old is Pharrell Williams?
  3. What is listeriosis?
  4. What is black data?
  5. How old is Prince Harry?
  6. How much are Global Citizen tickets?
  7. How to get pregnant?
  8. What time is the royal wedding?
  9. What happened to HHP?
  10. How old is Meghan Markle?                                                                                                             

In a year of ups and downs, the world searched for "good" more than ever before — according to Google Trends.