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After recently detailing the most popular and the fastest rising search terms that South Africans typed into the Google website search box during 2012, tech giant Google now reveals the most-watched South African YouTube videos of 2012.

Trending during 2012 was music and comedy with the likes of Die Antwoord’s popular “I Fink you Freeky” hit and MduComics’ “Jesus is Shangaan” animated skit managing to snag the most views. This marks the second year running that Die Antwoord and MduComics have made a Top 10 appearance, despite 2011 being dominated by the mountain biker who got taken out by Buck Norris.

Trevor Noah, one of SA’s most popular comedians also features this year showing that South Africans aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves or their politicians.

The most YouTube watched videos for 2012 are:

1. I Fink you Freeky - Die Antwoord
2. Jesus is a Shangaan - MduComics TV
3. Sunday - The Soil
4. Crazy Normal - President Jacob Zuma's Speech -Trevor Noah
5. RDP house in Limpopo 1 - MduComics TV
6. Baby’s on Fire - Die Antwoord
7. Loliwe - Zahara
8. Heavenly Sent - MiCasa
9. Opening Medley - Joyous Celebration
10. The Perfect Hail Storm Dowerglen Edenvale Part1

Google-owned YouTube also announced the global Top 10 YouTube videos and they are:

1. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE M/V
2. Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth (Gotye - Cover)
3. KONY 2012
4. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen - Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE!
5. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2.
6. A DRAMATIC SURPRISE ON A QUIET SQUARE
7. WHY YOU ASKING ALL THEM QUESTIONS? .. #FCHW
8. Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize
9. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.
10. Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from 128k' - Mission Highlights

YouTube Metrics
  • 4 billion hours of video watched/month.
  • 72 hrs of video uploaded every minute.
  • If YouTube’s Top 5 YouTube channels were stacked against US cable channels, they would be in the Top 20 in terms of viewers.
  • 1 out of 4 YouTube views in the world come from mobile devices.
  • A billion mobile views per day.
  • A trillion views during 2011.
  • 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month.
  • YouTube’s video content partners have more than doubled their revenue for the fourth year in a row.
  • Thousands of partners are now making six figures.
  • Watch YouTube’s snr director for content partnerships for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Patrick Walker, talk about YouTube in Africa at the AfricaCom conference, here. This interview was filmed at AfricaCom in South Africa, which took place between 13 and 15 November 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
In related news, social networking behemoth Facebook recently released a recap of the most prominent events and happenings of 2012, while Twitter announced its 2012 Year In Review report, detailing the top tweets and discussion-evoking events of the year.

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