Air quality in South Africa

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

LAST UPDATE (local time)

LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Most polluted city ranking

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#cityUS AQI
1 Pretoria, Gauteng

154

2 Johannesburg, Gauteng

145

3 Midstream, Gauteng

128

4 Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

121

5 Sebokeng, Gauteng

111

6 Eastleigh, Gauteng

109

7 Vereeniging, Gauteng

104

8 Springs, Gauteng

99

9 Thabazimbi, Limpopo

93

10 Hartbeespoort, North West

89

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

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#cityUS AQI
1 Klerksdorp, North West

2

2 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

2

3 Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

2

4 Orkney, North West

3

5 Cape Town, Western Cape

6

6 Knysna, Western Cape

8

7 Burgersfort, Mpumalanga

12

8 Centurion, Gauteng

15

9 eSikhaleni, KwaZulu-Natal

16

10 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

18

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

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2019 Air quality average

Human face indicating AQI level

Moderate

2019 average US AQI

71

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PM2.5

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PM2.5 concentration in South Africa in 2019 was 2 times above WHO exposure recommendation

2019  South Africa cleanest cityKaroo, Northern Cape

18

2019  South Africa most polluted cityHartbeespoort, North West

153

2019 aqi country ranking

How does South Africa rank globally in air pollution?

38/ 98 countries ranked in 2019

Which country had the worst air quality in 2019?

#COUNTRYPopulationAVG. US AQI
1The national flag of ChinaBangladesh166'368'149

165

2The national flag of ChinaPakistan200'813'818

156

3The national flag of ChinaMongolia3'121'772

154

4The national flag of ChinaAfghanistan36'373'176

153

5The national flag of ChinaIndia1'354'051'854

152

6The national flag of ChinaIndonesia266'794'980

141

7The national flag of ChinaBahrain1'566'993

129

8The national flag of ChinaNepal29'624'035

123

9The national flag of ChinaUzbekistan32'364'996

115

10The national flag of ChinaIraq39'127'900

111

38The national flag of ChinaSouth Africa58'775'022

71

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