Top 10 Google 2021 Searches Show R350 Grant a Saving Grace for South Africa

Top 10 Google 2021 Searches Show R350 Grant a Saving Grace for South Africa

  • Search engine giant Google has released its annual list of the most searched keywords in South Africa
  • The list shows that locals were mostly panic-stricken over the economic and social conditions of the country
  • Prominent celebrity deaths, including Shona Ferguson, came in high as is often the case annually

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American multinational technology company Google has released its search engine's list of the most searched topics in South Africa, with little or no surprises awaiting those curious enough to have a look.

A tumultuous economic situation in the country has undoubtedly sparked panic and spurred most citizens to attempt to look for solace within the government's Social Security Agency.

Top 10 Google 2021 Searches Show R350 Grant a Saving Grace for South Africa
Google has released the top 10 lists of the most searched keywords in South Africa for 2021. Image: Getty Images
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SASSA and its R350 grant topped the search engine giant's annual list of the most general searched for terms for 2021 in South Africa, which was released on Wednesday, EWN reported.

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In April last year, the social relief of distress grant was introduced by the government as a measure to support citizens who suffered a loss of income due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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But locals also spent quite a bit of time searching for how to register for the Covid-19 vaccine, all while looking up information on Squid Game, a popular South Korean survival drama streaming television series created by film director, producer and screenwriter, Hwang Dong-hyuk.

Serious topical issues not overlooked

As is often the case in South Africa year on year, prominent celebrity deaths dominate the search engine, with none other than Shona Ferguson dominating the list of these in the past year.

At the same time, people thought Google could help answer some puzzling questions, including, "What is happening in South Africa?". Other top searches this year revolved around the Covid-19 vaccine and the local government election results.

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News24 reported that Squid Game was not the only television series popular with South Africans that made the trends list as fans of the home-brewed SABC 1 drama Skeem Saam also featured prominently.

Below are the trending searches in South Africa in 2021

Top 10 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

Top 10 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

Top 10 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

Top 10 trending 2021 losses:

  1. Shona Ferguson
  2. Killer Kau
  3. DMX
  4. Jackson Mthembu
  5. Menzi Ngubane
  6. TB Joshua
  7. Prince Phillip
  8. FW de Klerk
  9. Noxolo Maqashalala
  10. King Zwelithini

Top 10 trending sport:

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  1. Euro 2020
  2. Premier League
  3. PSL
  4. Pakistan vs South Africa
  5. T20 World Cup
  6. Wimbledon
  7. LaLiga
  8. Champions League
  9. IPL
  10. Man United vs Liverpool

Top 10 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

Top 10 trending music searches:

  1. DONDA
  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

Top 10 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?

Top 10 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?

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Unemployed caregivers without IDs can apply for R350 grant

Elsewhere, Briefly News previously reported that SASSA made the call for unemployed caregivers to also apply for the R350 social relief of distress grant even if they do not have an ID number.

Citizens who have already been obtaining grants from the agency but do not have a 13-digit barcoded South African identification number can now qualify for the special grant, according to SASSA.

According to the SASSA website, their system now makes it possible for South Africans without IDs to apply for the grant using the SASSA system-generated number as their ID number.

People who are qualified to use this form of application include those who are receiving grants for others but not for themselves, such as child support, foster care or care dependency grants.

Source: Briefly News

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