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Banyana Banyana, deaths and space exploration dominate search engines across South Africa during July

Banyana Banyana who became the women's championship of Africa over the weekend when they beat host Morocco 2-1 to clinch the title. The girls returned home to a very warm welcome at O. R. Tambo internasional airport on Monday. Plans for a victory tour is underway starting with a trip to the Uniin building in Pretoria on Tuesday. Picture: Timothy Bernard African News Agency

Banyana Banyana who became the women's championship of Africa over the weekend when they beat host Morocco 2-1 to clinch the title. The girls returned home to a very warm welcome at O. R. Tambo internasional airport on Monday. Plans for a victory tour is underway starting with a trip to the Uniin building in Pretoria on Tuesday. Picture: Timothy Bernard African News Agency

Published Aug 5, 2022

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South Africans were eager to find out more information on everything from images of space, Banyana Banyana and high-profile deaths, according to the dominant search trends recorded in July.

Google Trends has released the dominant search trends in July, which showed what South Africans were curious about and searched for during the month.

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According to Google, South Africans were eager to find out more information on everything from current affairs to the latest celebrity news and their favourite sports teams. They had turned to Google Search this July to satisfy their curiosity and expand their knowledge.

The James Webb Space Telescope became the top searched term for the month after Nasa released the very first images from the telescope, and the world sat up and took notice. South Africans were no different.

The deaths of Netflix’s “How To Ruin Christmas” actress Busi Lurayi, ANC stalwart and deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte, ex-wife of former American President Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, and hip hop artist Tumi Tladi also had people searching for more information, with all of these names ranking in the top ten most searched terms.

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How to Ruin Christmas” also trended as the third most commonly searched question for the month.

The newly-crowned Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) champions, Banyana Banyana, also made an appearance in the most searched questions for the month as people looked for more information to find out when they were playing during the month.

South Africans also wondered about the Miss Supranational title, after South Africa’s Lalela Mswane walked away with the international pageant crown last month.

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Following the tragic deaths of 21 teenagers at an East London tavern in June, people sought more information about the suspected cause of their deaths with searches for “what is methanol?” and “methanol” appearing in the top searched questions and terms respectively.

Gauteng parents looking to place their children for the 2023 school year also turned to Google for assistance, with the registration website being the eighth highest-ranked search term for July.

South Africans also seemed to be interested in learning more about literature and writing -- with the top questioners also asking: “”what is a folktale?” and “what is a short story?”.

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Also on the list of top questions asked was “what is youth service?”, “how to reconfirm your SRD grant?” and “what is civic responsibility?”.

Meanwhile, the top searched terms included “SK Khoza trending video”, “vabbing meaning” and “The Gray Man”.

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