Air quality in South Africa

Air quality index (AQI) and PM2.5 air pollution in South Africa

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Most polluted city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 Sebokeng, Gauteng

148

2 Ga-Rankuwa, North West

147

3 Kraaifontein, Western Cape

95

4 Johannesburg, Gauteng

77

5 Knysna, Western Cape

77

6 Thabazimbi, Limpopo

69

7 Hartbeespoort, North West

67

8 Pretoria, Gauteng

67

9 Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

64

10 Sunset Beach, Western Cape

59

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

1

2 Bethlehem, Free State

3

3 Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

3

4 Ermelo, Mpumalanga

5

5 Orkney, North West

7

6 Karoo, Northern Cape

13

7 eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga

16

8 Bojanala Platinum, North West

18

9 Bloemfontein, Free State

19

10 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

19

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

The national flag of Rest of the world

2021 Air quality average

Human face indicating AQI level

Moderate

2021 average US AQI

73

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PM2.5

x4.5

2021 average PM2.5 concentration in South Africa: 4.5 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value

2021  South Africa cleanest city Nieuwoudtville , Northern Cape

16

2021  South Africa most polluted city Bloemfontein , Free State

117

2021 aqi country ranking

How does South Africa rank globally in air pollution?

39/ 118 countries ranked in 2021

Which country had the worst air quality in 2021?

#COUNTRYPopulationAVG. US
1The national flag of Rest of the worldBangladesh164,689,383

161

2The national flag of Rest of the worldChad16,425,859

161

3The national flag of Rest of the worldPakistan220,892,331

156

4The national flag of Rest of the worldTajikistan9,537,642

152

5The national flag of Rest of the worldIndia1,380,004,385

151

6The national flag of Rest of the worldOman5,106,622

146

7The national flag of Rest of the worldKyrgyzstan6,524,191

138

8The national flag of Rest of the worldBahrain1,701,583

136

9The national flag of Rest of the worldIraq40,222,503

136

10The national flag of Rest of the worldNepal29,136,808

126

39The national flag of Rest of the worldSouth Africa59,308,690

73

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