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Google revealed the most searched terms in South Africa for 2022.

A year in search: These are SA’s most ‘Googled’ terms for 2022

R350 grants, the infamous Oscar’s slap, Monkeypox and TikTok trends were some of the most ‘Googled’ search terms in 2022.

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Google revealed the most searched terms in South Africa for 2022.

Google South Africa revealed the search terms that piqued South Africans’ interest the most in 2022. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that a familiar favourite finished top of the pile for the second year in a row.


Google’s Year in Search lists are populated by search terms that had the highest spike this year compared to the previous year, explained the search engine.

The top trending search for 2022 was “SRD Status Check.” Evidently, millions of South Africans were concerned about whether their applications for the vital social assistance were approved or not. It is the second year in a row that the R350 grant was the most popular search term.

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The second most popular trending search term was “Wordle” – the smash-hit word-based game that took the world by storm before being acquired by the New York Times for more than $1 million.

“The annual Year in Search results are a good example of Google’s commitment to organising the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful, in action. This year’s results show that Google is a trusted source of information when South Africans are uncertain, sad, or looking for ways to learn more or entertain themselves,” said Google South Africa Director, Alistair Mokoena.

See what was trending in 2022:

Trending Searches
1) SRD Status Check
2) Wordle
3) Climate Change
4) Monkey Pox
5) Ukraine
6) StatsSA
7) Typhoid Fever
8) Loadshedding
9) Matric Results 2021
10) Black Friday 2022

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1) Riky Rick
2) Queen Elizabeth
3) Patrick Shai
4) DJ Sumbody
5) Takeoff
6) Pearl Shongwe
7) Kuli Roberts
8) DJ Dimples
9) Shane Warne
10) Anne Heche

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1) lift me up lyrics
2) last last lyrics
3) under the influence lyrics
4) dali nguwe lyrics
5) osama lyrics
6) all in you senior oat lyrics
7) jeke maan lyrics
8) god did lyrics
9) rihanna lift me up lyrics
10) rich flex lyrics

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Trending “How to”
1) How to check matric results online
2) How to check sassa status
3) How to apply for R350 grant
4) How to vote on big brother mzansi 2022
5) How to go live on whatsapp
6) How to solve a rubik’s cube
7) How to cook
8) How to hack facebook account recover
9) How to get rid of
10) How to help gbv victims

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Trending “What is”
1) what is vabbing
2) what is global warming
3) what is nato
4) what is the relationship between climate change and the regularity of droughts
5) what is monkeypox
6) what is methanol
7) what is drought
8) what is frontal
9) what is alopecia
10) what is nft

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Trending “Who is”
1) Who is andrew tate?
2) Who is ceo of netflix?
3) Who is jeffrey dahmer?
4) Who is playing in the super bowl 2022?
5) Who is amber heard?
6) Who is in the super bowl 2022?
7) Who is the watcher?
8) Who is the new black panther?
9) Who is running for president in 2024?
10) Who is Julia Fox?

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Trending Movies/TV Shows
1) Big Brother Mzansi
2) Wednesday
3) Stranger Things
4) Tinder Swindler
5) Manifest
6) House of the Dragon
7) Black Panther 2
8) Black Adam
9) Purple Hearts
10) Wakanda Forever

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Trending People
1) Jaden Smith
2) Will Smith Chris Rock
3) Johnny Depp
4) Amber Heard
5) Zeenat Simjee
6) Simon Leviev
7) Andrew Tate
8) Uncle Waffles
9) Cassper Nyovest v Naakmusiq
10) Sonia Booth

Will Smith
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Trending Sport
1) world cup 2022 fixtures
3) banyana banyana
4) Australian Open
5) Kaizer chiefs vs Amazulu
6) Springboks vs All blacks
7) UEFA nations league
8) South Africa vs India
9) Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
10) Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates

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