Since former president, Nelson Mandela’s admission to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday, his name has become one of the top searched on the net, the SABC has reported.

This is the third time this year that the global icon has been admitted to hospital. According to the Google Insight Stats, an online analytical tool, “Tata”, as he is fondly known, is the number one fastest rising search item on the web. The news of Mandela’s admission to hospital first came through a statement by the Presidency and later went viral worldwide.

Reports say the surge in online search terms around the world include Nelson Mandela and Apartheid.

When it comes to the top web searches Madiba occupies number seven and number nine in the fastest rising topics in the country over the last few days.

Online Marketing expert’s Dave Duate says: “I think by this it shows that people are more concerned, the only way he will get more popular is when we see change in his condition either better or worse.”

Again, The African Economist, wishes Tata (Mandela) a speedy recovery.


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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela