It’s that time of year when Google releases its Year in Search 2021 for South Africa. You know I find this info interesting and once again, I’m sharing what they are.

The search giant says as the pandemic entered the second year, ‘Sassa status check’ emerged as the top trending search in 2021 — a reflection of the impact Covid-19 has had on the livelihoods of South Africans.

Let’s start with the tech search (love these – possible blog post ideas?):

Trending “how to” tech
1. How to open pdf file
2. How to download music
3. How to scan QR code
4. How to convert PDF to word
5. How to change wifi password
6. How to create a website
7. How to take a screenshot on laptop
8. How to track a stolen phone
9. How to delete a page in word
10. How to connect phone to tv

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Trending “How to” general:
1. How to apply for R350 grant?
2. How to register for vaccine?
3. How to check matric results online?
4. How to register to vote online?
5. How to check Sassa balance?
6. How to tie a tie?
7. How to make money online in South Africa?
8. How to claim UIF online?
9. How to drink ivermectin for Covid?
10. How to apply for NSFAS?

You can view the full lists for South Africa here: