OLX, the online buying and selling site has become a popular means to get rid of unwanted items, while Whitney Houston’s untimely death in February prompted a surge in traffic. Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast of the US, the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic in October.
Whitney also took the top spot for overall trending people in South Africa, followed closely by international athletics star Caster Semenya and social celebrity Khanyi Mbau.
The South Korean Gangnam dance craze was fourth in overall search trends and the 2012 Olympics completed the top five.
South Africans kept it local, with searches for short-lived airline Velvet Sky in sixth place. Caster Semenya won a different kind of medal by coming in as the fastest trending sportsperson of the year, followed closely by swimming hero, Chad le Clos.
In technology trends, the iPad 3 captured South Africa’s imagination, coming in tenth overall and grabbing first place on the top gadgets list.
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