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

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#cityUS AQI
1 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

129

2 eMkhomazi, KwaZulu-Natal

110

3 eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga

105

4 Polokwane, Limpopo

99

5 Johannesburg, Gauteng

94

6 Centurion, Gauteng

92

7 Roodepoort, Gauteng

90

8 Bojanala Platinum, North West

86

9 Eastleigh, Gauteng

86

10 Randburg, Gauteng

85

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

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#cityUS AQI
1 Karoo, Northern Cape

23

2 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

29

3 Mahikeng, North West

30

4 Hendrina, Mpumalanga

40

5 Midstream, Gauteng

41

6 Cape Town, Western Cape

43

7 George, Western Cape

46

8 Mokopane, Limpopo

46

9 Sunset Beach, Western Cape

48

10 Berea, KwaZulu-Natal

55

(local time)

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How polluted is South Africa?

The national flag of USA

2020 Air quality average

Human face indicating AQI level

Moderate

2020 average US AQI

63

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PM2.5

x1.8

PM2.5 concentration in South Africa air is currently 1.8 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value

2020  South Africa cleanest city Cape Town , Western Cape

33

2020  South Africa most polluted city Sebokeng , Gauteng

87

2020 aqi country ranking

How does South Africa rank globally in air pollution?

49/ 106 countries ranked in 2020

Which country had the worst air quality in 2020?

#COUNTRYPopulationAVG. US AQI
1The national flag of USABangladesh164'689'383

162

2The national flag of USAPakistan220'892'331

153

3The national flag of USAIndia1'380'004'385

141

4The national flag of USAMongolia3'278'292

128

5The national flag of USAAfghanistan38'928'341

128

6The national flag of USAOman5'106'622

123

7The national flag of USAQatar2'881'060

123

8The national flag of USAKyrgyzstan6'524'191

121

9The national flag of USAIndonesia273'523'621

114

10The national flag of USABosnia Herzegovina3'280'815

113

49The national flag of USASouth Africa59'308'690

63

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