Nompilo Kunene
Senior online journalist
2 minute read
7 Jun 2022
14:00

When is Father’s Day and Samthing Soweto top May’s Google search list

Nompilo Kunene

‘When is Father’s Day?’ was the most searched question on Google in May, and musician Samthing Soweto was the most searched for term in SA this past month.

‘When is Father’s Day?’ was the most searched question on Google in May, and musician Samthing Soweto was the most searched for term in SA this past month.

This is according to Google search activity in May.

Google said over the past few weeks, South Africans searched for more information on big sporting events, national holidays and announcements impacting the economy.

The search engine said news of the repo rate increasing by 50 basis points last month to 4.75% saw many South Africans wanting to find out more about what it is, while an increase in monkeypox cases piqued search interest as well.

“Several high profile deaths also ranked in the top searched terms including those of former Johannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane, Hillary Gardee, and actor Ray Liotta,” said Google.

Actor Siyabonga Zubane, who died early in May made the list twice, as people also searched for his well-loved character Sdumo, from the TV show Gomora.

“The search for Mother’s Day messages and clarification around when Father’s Day occurs also appeared in the top ten questions and terms respectively.

“Many South Africans searched for more information on Africa Day, celebrated on May 25, entails,” said Google.

Musician, Samthing Soweto, had most of Mzansi talking after he posted a video of himself addressing concerns about his drastic weight loss, saying he was not ill but rather going through a lifestyle change.

The Google search activity report also showed that South Africans were also curious about human rights, with the right to freedom of speech and the impact of social media on the right to privacy both appearing among the top ten questions searched for in May.

On the sporting front, Google said excitement around international events like the Champions League final, which saw Liverpool face off against Real Madrid, and the Italian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, were among the most searched locally.

Here’s everything that piqued South Africa’s curiosity in May:

Top searched questions

1.When is Father’s Day?

2.What is Monkeypox?

3.What is Eid Mubarak?

4.What is the Met Gala?

5.Explain what is meant by the right to freedom of expression?

6.Why is it important for the state to administer prices of certain goods?

7.What is Repo rate?

8.What is the impact of social media on the constitutional right to privacy?

9.When is the champions league final?

10.What is Africa Day?

Top searched terms

1.Samthing Soweto

2.Mpho Moerane

3.Edwin Sodi

4.Mother’s Day messages

5.Siyabonga Zubane

6.Champions League final

7.Hillary Gardee

8.Sdumo from Gomora

9.Ray Liotta

10.Italian Open