It's been an interesting week and there were many topics South Africans needed clarity on, from Vatiswa Ndara to Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console. Of course, our one-stop place is Google Trends.


This is what South Africans needed to know from Google this week.

South Africa's top Google searches this week

Teacher's Day – 200 000 Google searches


The search term 'Teacher's Day' garnered more than 200 000 search queries over the past weekend as the UN commemorated the role of teachers around the globe.


Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi won $1m in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize back in March, and encouraged South African teachers on 7 October to apply for the 2020 round.

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Winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 in March, Peter Tabichi, on Monday encouraged “super” South African teachers to apply for the 2020 prize. Picture: YouTube


Tabichi said South African teachers should apply so their stories could be shared and that a lot could be learnt from the great work they did in preparing young people to meet the challenges and opportunities of a new decade.


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Vatiswa Ndara – 60 000 Google searches


More than 50 000 search queries were generated for 'Vatiswa Ndara', and an additional 10 000 search queries for 'Vatiswa Ndara letter' after her 6-page open letter to South Africa's Minister of Arts and Culture went viral.


Ndara brought attention to the plight of artists and spelt out her grievances against local independent production house, Ferguson Films, referring to the production house as 'slave masters'.

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Vatiswa Ndara. Image via Instagram/Vatiswa Ndara


She called on Minister Mthethwa to look into allegations of unfair contracts, poor remuneration, unfair treatment by producers, bullying and even intimidation within the South African entertainment industry.  

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PlayStation 5 – 10 000 searches


South African gaming fans generated more than 10 000 search queries for 'PlayStation 5' this week, after Sony confirmed that the console would launch in time for the 2020 holiday season. 

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Image supplied: Let's Go Digital

Typhoon Japan – 5 000 Google searches


'Typhoon Japan' garnered more than 5 000 searches as the Asian island braced for super typhoon Hagibis set to make landfall on Saturday.


Due to impending storms, Rugby World Cup organisers preemptively cancelled two matches: England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy.

Also read:

Typhoon Hagibis: How RWC pools and quarterfinals are affectedHagibis intensifies threatening RWC and F1 Grand PrixTyphoon threatens to knock Ireland out of Rugby World CupSunday's Rugby World Cup fixtures hang in the balanceTyphoon Hagibis: F1 postpones Japanese GP qualifying to Sunday

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Tournament director of the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin and Japan Rugby CEO Akira Shimazu speak to the media, as they announce that selected games will be cancelled as Typhoon Hagibis approaches, in Tokyo on 10 October 2019. Rugby World Cup organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling games – England v France, and New Zealand v Italy – as Super Typhoon Hagibis bears down on Japan. Photo: AFP/William West

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