Top 5 Social Media Networks In South Africa

Top 5 Social Media Networks In South Africa. It goes without saying that social media has take over the globe in the last few years, and South Africa is no exception. A lot of personalities have made names for themselves thanks to social media platforms. Come the 26th of November we will get to celebrate some of these stars thanks to the Social Media Awards. The awards will be hosted by social media sensations Thato Mokoena and Weza Matomane.

This goes on to show just how much of an impact social media has on our society. It is no longer about sharing pictures and activities, people are now making a living out of it. Some have pages where they motivate their followers, and other like Malcolm and Thembi show us the beautiful side of being in this country.

The following social media platforms are the most popular in South Africa. Just like so many people out there you can also use them in such a way that you are able to generate income for yourself in these tough economic times.


Facebook is by far the most popular social media platform. It doesn’t cost much data to use, and it is quite simple. A lot of people call it the village App, as it is user friendly and almost everyone is on Facebook. As per Meta’s ad resources, Facebook had close to 24.20 million South African users in January 2022.


TikTok is taking the world by storm. To show how gig it is growing, all of these platforms always share videos from TikTok. The platform has launched careers of so many people, just by sharing entertaining authentic content. As per the data released by ByteDance, TikTok has 6.44 million active users in South Africa above the age of 18.


In terms of breaking news, Twitter is giving the mainstream media tough competition. Most news break form Twitter, and are discussed there by the users. In the early part of 2022, Twitter’s Advertising Resources reported having 2.85 million Twitter users in South Africa, and the number grows by the day.


Instagram is among the fastest-growing social media platforms in South Africa, with over 6.20 million users as of January 2022. So may people prefer it over Facebook and Twitter, because there is less trolling there. Users get to share beautiful images and videos of themselves looking all good. So many small businesses use the platform to push their products and services.


Almost everyday there is a YouTube channel being launched. This is a way of making income if you have the right content. So many personalities like Moshe Ndiki, Lasizwe and Mihlali started on YouTube and now they are big. Google’s advertising resources indicate that South Africa had over 25.30 million YouTube users in early 2022.

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