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It’s been a year that has rocked our political foundations‚ but many South Africans will remember 2016 as the year of Pokemon Go.

Google’s top searches for 2016‚ announced on Wednesday‚ reveals that the location-based augmented reality game was the most popular topic entered in the web giant’s search engine.

In the midst of revelations about state capture that hogged the headlines‚ politics only made it to number five on Google’s list — and that was for Donald Trump‚ elected last month as president-elect of the US.

Domestic politics featured at number five‚ in the form of "election results"‚ no doubt due to the municipal polls in August. But international sport loomed larger in most people’s minds‚ with Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics capturing second and third spots.

The top 10 was rounded out by Mandoza‚ the kwaito musician who died in September; the Independent Electoral Commission; Mall of Africa‚ the giant Midrand shopping centre that opened in April; Caster Semenya‚ 800m gold medallist in Rio; and "US elections 2016".

Google also announced the top 10 "what is" and "how to" questions for the year. They were "What is Pokemon Go?" and "How to download Pokemon Go".

"This year’s overall trending searches from South Africa have a decidedly global feel‚" said a Google spokesman.

"Where last year’s top searches — loadshedding and xenophobia — were distinctly local issues‚ this year’s top searches show South African eyes are turned to the world at large‚ not just at home."

Top trending overall searches:

1. Pokemon Go

2. Euro 2016

3. Olympic Games Rio 2016

4. Donald Trump

5. Election Results

6. Mandoza

7. IEC

8. Mall of Africa

9. Caster Semenya

10. US Elections 2016

Top trending South African politicians and prominent figures:

1. Jacob Zuma

2. Public Protector

3. Gupta family

4. Thoko Didiza

5. Mcebo Dlamini

6. Pravin Gordhan

7. Sipho Pityana

8. Brian Molefe

9. Thuli Madonsela

10. Khwesi

Top trending South African celebrities:

1. Mandoza

2. Gugu Zulu

3. Emtee

4. Babes Wodumo

5. Gareth Cliff

6. Nasty C

7. Rapulana Seiphemo

8. Nyembezi Kunene

9. Ayanda Mabulu

10. Duke Soul

Top trending South African TV shows:

1. Cash Gang

2. Uzalo

3. Muvhango

4. Isibaya

5. Idols SA

6. Beintehaa

7. Bigg Boss 9

8. Skeem Saam

9. The Voice South Africa

10. Antara Nur Dan Dia

Top trending ‘how tos’:

1. How to download Pokemon Go

2. How to build a strong business relationship

3. How to lose belly fat

4. How to heat up cosmetic oil for production

5. How to remove bookmarks

6. How to make slime

7. How to tie a doek

8. How to deal with poor confidence

9. How to cope with being alone

10. How to prepare battered jackfruit

Top trending ‘what is’ searches:

1. What is Pokemon Go?

2. What is Java?

3. What is globalisation?

4. What is a blesser?

5. What is Brexit?

6. What is the weather today?

7. What is meant by restorative justice?

8. What is research?

9. What is a dependent variable?

10. What is biome?

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