Tesla will soon be available to South Africans – Elon Musk

Tesla will soon be available to South Africans - Elon Musk

South African born Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that South Africa will have its first Tesla dealership by end of 2019, however preorders for the Model 3 has already opened in South Africa in 2016.

Musk tweeted back in 2016 that Tesla’s cheapest electric car, the Model 3, would be heading to South Africa. 

The Model 3 starts at $34,200 (roughly R500,000) for the base model which will be available early 2019. The longer range model costs $41,200 (R600,000) and the performance version costs $52,200 (R750,000). 

For an extra $5,000 (R70,000) drivers can also add Enhanced Autopilot to the Tesla which will help steer, accelerate and brake the car for you. The Model 3 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 5.1 seconds – with a top speed of 225 km. The Performance version can reach that speed in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km.

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The top Google searches by South Africans in 2018

The top Google searches by South Africans in 2018

The top Google searches of 2018 has been released displaying the year’s major moments and biggest trends in South Africa.

In 2018 South Africans showed interest in local celebrities and news with the majority of trending search terms being about local terms rather than based on international major events. This can also be seen when looking at the top personalities searched list.

“The top questions list shows South Africans’ awareness of and curiosity about what is happening in the world around them – from celebrities to more personal concerns, while the ‘near me’ list shows just how much South Africans have come to rely on online sources to find businesses close to them,” it said.


Top trending South African searches

  • World Cup fixtures
  • Load shedding
  • Global Citizen
  • Zuma
  • Winnie Mandela
  • HHP
  • Listeriosis
  • Black Panther
  • Meghan Markle
  • Mac Miller

Trending personalities

  • Zuma
  • Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Sbahle Mpisane
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Malusi Gigaba
  • Ashwin Willemse
  • Patrice Motsepe
  • Cheryl Zondi
  • Shamila Batohi
  • Mlindo the Vocalist

Top Questions

  • How did Avicii die?
  • How old is Pharrell Williams?
  • What is listeriosis?
  • What is black data?
  • How old is Prince Harry?
  • How much are Global Citizen tickets?
  • How to get pregnant?
  • What time is the royal wedding?
  • What happened to HHP?
  • How old is Meghan Markle?

Top ‘near me’ searches

  • Jobs near me
  • Nandos near me
  • Dischem near me
  • McDonalds near me
  • Guest house near me
  • Postnet near me
  • Steers near me
  • Spar near me
  • Debonairs near me
  • Spur near me

Top women

  • Winnie Mandela
  • Meghan Markle
  • Sbahle Mpisane
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Khloe Kardashian
  • Sophie Ndaba
  • Cheryl Zondi
  • Demi Lovato
  • Lerato Sengadi
  • Siam Lee

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