According to Google, the search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google, based on what South Africans have been searching for.

Google says that it processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

'Top searches' indicate searches that topped Google's charts while 'Most searched' queries are the most popular terms for the past 15 years, ranked in order by volume of searches.

Live Google search trends data is available here

Here are some of the top Google searches in South Africa over the past 15 years:

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