Ministerial indiscretion, Buccaneers facing Amakhosi, prayer meeting for 5 million and Cape lawyer amongst most searched queries on Google this week.
When farmer and evangelist, Angus Buchan, announced that he was expecting 5 million people at his It’s Time Pretoria prayer meeting, netizens wanted to know more about the man who got his event idea in a dream. While 5 million South Africans did not show up at Saturday’s gathering in the administrative capital, the search term “Angus Buchan Pretoria” did generate more than 20 000 queries on Friday.
As the historic Soweto derby played out, football fans generated more than 200 000 search queries for “Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs” on Saturday. This year’s much anticipated edition of the 48-year old meet, which drew a full stadium crowd, ended with a spectacular 2-1 victory for the Buccaneers.
On Sunday netizens who woke up to rumours of a salacious video showing Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba in a sex tape, decided to investigate the matter for themselves, generating more than 500 000 search queries for “Malusi Gigaba” that day.
On Monday, as Man City beat Tottenham, sports fans generated more than 50 000 search queries for the British football team under the search query “Man City.” Other trending searches on Monday included “George fire” which generated more than 20 000 searches as wildfires, which have seen 9 people die so far, raged in the Western Cape; and “Gigaba News”, which generated another 20 000 queries as Nicky Oppenheimer and Manne Dipico accused the home affairs minister of lying to parliament in the Fireblade saga.
More than 50 000 queries for “Pete Mihalik” were generated on Tuesday as it emerged that Cape Town advocate had been gunned down outside his son’s school that morning.
South Africans got into the “ghoulish holiday spirit on Wednesday, with more than 10 000 search queries for “Halloween.”
Cultural Leonesa’s 0-1 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday led Copa del Rey fans to generate more than 10 000 “Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona” search queries on Thursday.
Google 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.