Google recently announced its annual Year in Search, with its top trending local searches including Pokemon Go, Euro 2016, Olympic Games, Rio 2016 and Donald Trump.
Google recently announced its annual Year in Search – the top searches in South Africa in 2016. Previously called Google Zeitgeist, the Year in Search provides a snapshot of the trends, people and happenings that captured the nation’s interest during the year. Google also announced the top ten ‘what is’ and ‘how to’ questions for the year.
This year’s overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel. 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.
The top trending searches for South Africa for 2016 include Pokemon Go, Euro 2016, Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Donald Trump. Local news only gets a look in at number five on the list – Election Results – and that could refer to the local or the US elections.
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:
- Pokemon Go
- Euro 2016
- Olympic Games Rio 2016
- Donald Trump
- Election Results
- Mall of Africa
- Caster Semenya
- US Elections 2016
Top trending South African politicians and prominent figures:
- Jacob Zuma
- Public Protector
- Gupta family
- Thoko Didiza
- Mcebo Dlamini
- Pravin Gordhan
- Sipho Pityana
- Brian Molefe
- Thuli Madonsela
Top trending South African celebrities:
- Gugu Zulu
- Babes Wodumo
- Gareth Cliff
- Nasty C
- Rapulana Seiphemo
- Nyembezi Kunene
- Ayanda Mabulu
- Duke Soul
Top trending South African TV shows:
- Cash Gang
- Idols SA
- Bigg Boss 9
- Skeem Saam
- The Voice South Africa
- Antara Nur Dan Dia
Top trending ‘how tos’:
- How to download pokemon go
- How to build a strong business relationship
- How to lose belly fat
- How to heat up cosmetic oil for production
- How to remove bookmarks
- How to make slime
- How to tie a doek
- How to deal with poor confidence
- How to cope with being alone
- How to prepare battered jackfruit
Top trending ‘what is’ searches:
- What is Pokemon Go?
- What is Java?
- What is globalisation?
- What is a blesser?
- What is Brexit?
- What is the weather today?
- What is meant by restorative justice?
- What is research?
- What is a dependent variable?
- What is biome?
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist
Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.
Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.
The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.
“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time. We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”
The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba. It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.
Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.
“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”
This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.