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Mandoza To Mall Of Africa: This Is What South Africans Have Searched For This Year

Also: "How to wear a doek" and, rather poignantly, "What is meant by restorative justice".

14/12/2016 15:17 SAST | Updated 15/12/2016 01:48 SAST
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Musical artist Mandoza performs on stage as part of 'MTV Base 100th Live!' at the Ster-Kinekor Top Star Drive-In on 20 Apri 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africans were more interested in Pokemon Go than Donald Trump, if our Google searches for the year are anything to go by.

Search giant Google on Wednesday released its lists of the top searches in South Africa in 2016. Google also announced the top 10 "What is" and "How to" questions for the year.

"This year's overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel," Google noted in the release. "Where last year's top searches -- loadshedding and xenophobia -- were distinctly local issues, this year's top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large, not just at home."

Predictably, Jacob Zuma and Public Protector topped the top trending South African politicians and prominent figures list.

Mandoza and Gugu Zulu, both of whom passed away this year, topped the top trending South African celebrities lists.

Top trending overall searches:

1. Pokemon Go

2. Euro 2016

3. Olympic Games Rio 2016

4. Donald Trump

5. Election Results

6. Mandoza

7. IEC

8. Mall of Africa

9. Caster Semenya

10. US Elections 2016

Top trending South African politicians and prominent figures:

1. Jacob Zuma

2. Public Protector

3. Gupta family

4. Thoko Didiza

5. Mcebo Dlamini

6. Pravin Gordhan

7. Sipho Pityana

8. Brian Molefe

9. Thuli Madonsela

10. Khwesi

Top trending South African celebrities:

1. Mandoza

2. Gugu Zulu

3. Emtee

4. Babes Wodumo

5. Gareth Cliff

6. Nasty C

7. Rapulana Seiphemo

8. Nyembezi Kunene

9. Ayanda Mabulu

10. Duke Soul

Top trending South African TV shows:

1. Cash Gang

2. Uzalo

3. Muvhango

4. Isibaya

5. Idols SA

6. Beintehaa

7. Bigg Boss 9

8. Skeem Saam

9. The Voice South Africa

10. Antara Nur Dan Dia

Top trending 'How tos':

1. How to download pokemon go

2. How to build a strong business relationship

3. How to lose belly fat

4. How to heat up cosmetic oil for production

5. How to remove bookmarks

6. How to make slime

7. How to tie a doek

8. How to deal with poor confidence

9. How to cope with being alone

10. How to prepare battered jackfruit

Top trending 'What is' searches:

1. What is Pokemon Go?

2. What is Java?

3. What is globalisation?

4. What is a blesser?

5. What is Brexit?

6. What is the weather today?

7. What is meant by restorative justice?

8. What is research?

9. What is a dependent variable?

10. What is biome?