Applying for R350 grant and wacky rappers – Top Google searches in South Africa

Google has revealed South Africa’s most searched questions and terms for April 2022, showing that users had significant interest in religious holidays, KwaZulu-Natal floods and social grants.

Google Search is the most popular search engine in the world, processing over 40,000 queries per second.

This translates to over a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

According to GlobalStats statistics counterit was the preferred search engine of 92.45% of South African users in April 2022.

Latest data from Google shows that the Government’s announcement that destitute people should re-apply for R350 Sassa Covid-19 Distress Relief Grant led to the most searched question being “How to apply for R350?”.

App link was also the second most searched term.

Another major topic of interest was the various religious holidays during the month.

Christian Easter, Jewish Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan coincidentally overlapped in April this year.

Google said this meant the month saw common questions such as “When is Eid?” referring to the celebration that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and “What is Easter?”.

Additionally, the devastating floods that hit Kwa-Zulu Natal in early April were also among the top searches of the month.

The term “Durban floods” and the question “What’s happening at KZN?” were among the most popular searches.

It is possible that “Climate change” appearing as the most searched term is linked to people looking for a reason behind the floods.

Flooded buildings after a subtropical storm hit KwaZulu-Natal

As for people of interest, South Africans were curious to find out more about musician Lira after news broke that she had suffered a stroke in Germany.

Rugby player Pedrie Wannenburg was also in the top 10 search terms after being killed in a car crash in Texas on April 22.

In terms of sports, golf dominated searches, with the Masters taking place at Augusta National Golf Course earlier this month.

Finally, in entertainment, the Coachella music festival sparked interest among South Africans, while the celebrity boxing match between Cassper Nyovest and Naakmusiq was the third most searched term of the month.

South Africans were also looking for the worst rapper, with “Who’s the craziest rapper in SA?” ranking as the second most searched question over the past month.

On the international front, actress Amber Heard was the fifth most searched term, due to the highly publicized defamation lawsuit of her ex-husband Johnny Depp which began in the United States.

For those who are curious to know more about popular search terms and questions on Google search, its Trending Research Portal provides a live snapshot of the most popular searches in real time on a daily basis.

Below are the 10 most searched questions and terms on Google’s search engine in April 2022.


Most Wanted Questions

  1. How to apply for R350?
  2. Who is SA’s craziest rapper?
  3. When is EID?
  4. What is Heritage Day?
  5. What is Easter?
  6. What is Coachella?
  7. When is EID ul fitr 2022?
  8. What’s going on at KZN?
  9. What is responsible citizenship?
  10. Where is Augusta National Golf Course?

Most Searched Terms

  1. Climate change
  2. app srd.sassa.gov.za
  3. Cassper Nyovest vs. Naakmusiq
  4. SK Khoza
  5. Amber Heard
  6. Gogo Maweni
  7. mastery
  8. Read
  9. Floods in Durban
  10. Pedrie Wannenburg

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