'Load shedding' tops Google South Africa searches in April

APRIL 30, 2015

Online search giant, Google, says Eskom load shedding is one of the hottest topics that South Africans searched for using their search engine in the month April. The Google South Africa Trends tool lists the phrase 'load shedding' among the top searches performed locally.

Still, if the Google search results are anything to go by, more people are searching for alternative energy sources.

"Ironically, Earth Day Quiz, the #1 search term for all of April, was the only other thing South African's Googled about more than 'load shedding'. The Earth Day Quiz was the doodle Google created to mark Earth Day on the 22nd of April," said Google.

Many South Africans also searched for information relating to xenophobic attacks.

"Other notable, and heart-breaking stories that South Africans followed this month, according to what was most searched on Google in SA, included: Helen Zille stepping down as leader of the DA; the Cecil John Rhodes statue being removed from the University of Cape Town; Brian Molefe taking over as CEO of Eskom, and the shocking deaths of Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde Panayiotou and Chris Nkosi, the Gauteng secretary for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union," Google said.

South Africans also searched for sports content during April - notably, the ABSA Premier Soccer League (PSL).

"There were 31 clusters of football related search terms with Kaizer Chiefs - which clinched the PSL this month - being the team most searched for in South Africa," said the search giant.

The deaths of John "Shoes" Moshoeu and Richard Henyekane topped sports searches in South Africans.

Google processes about 3.5 billion searches per day.