What SA Googled most in 2019: cornflakes and superheroes

What SA Googled most in 2019: cornflakes and superheroes

Search engine Google has released it’s 2019 trends, including what South Africans searched for most this year.


Top of the list in “near me” searches in South Africa, was “job openings near me” perhaps speaking to the high unemployment rate in the country.

That was followed by “parks near me,” “restaurant near me”, and “McDonalds near me,” with “hotels near me” rounding off the top 5.

In question searches, the most pressing question on South Africans’ minds in 2019 was “why were cornflakes invented?”

The 2019 Rugby World Cup helped provide some of the other top-Googled questions with “what time is the rugby world cup final?” coming in second and ”how long is a rugby match?” coming in 5th.

The 3rd most-searched question can be linked to the election, and was “how many votes for a seat in Parliament?”

In fourth place was “how did Cameron Boyce die?” with reference to the Disney star who passed away in July 2019.

Google’s trends lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike this year as compared to the previous year.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most Googled general topic in SA in 2019 was load shedding, followed by election results, Tanos, IEC, and Fiona Viotti, the teacher implicated in the Bishops school sex scandal.

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South Africa’s top trending movies for 2019, from number 1 to 5, were Avengers Endgame, Captain Marvel, When They See Us, Aquaman, and Lion King.

The trending music personalities for 2019 in South Africa, also from number 1 to 5, were Johnny Clegg, Thami Shobede, Nisey Hussle, Mampinsha, and Oliver Mtukudzi.

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