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
1The national flag of International Vereeniging, Gauteng

186

2The national flag of International Midstream, Gauteng

130

3The national flag of International eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga

89

4The national flag of International Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

81

5The national flag of International Cape Town, Western Cape

80

6The national flag of International Sunset Beach, Western Cape

75

7The national flag of International Pretoria, Gauteng

74

8The national flag of International Middelburg, Mpumalanga

73

9The national flag of International KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Natal

70

10The national flag of International Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

49

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1The national flag of International Thabazimbi, Limpopo

41

2The national flag of International Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

49

3The national flag of International Pretoria, Gauteng

56

4The national flag of International KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Natal

70

5The national flag of International Middelburg, Mpumalanga

73

6The national flag of International Midstream, Gauteng

75

7The national flag of International Sunset Beach, Western Cape

75

8The national flag of International Cape Town, Western Cape

80

9The national flag of International Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

81

10The national flag of International eMbalenhle, Mpumalanga

89

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

The national flag of International

2023 Air quality average

Human face indicating AQI level

Moderate

2023 average US AQI

67

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PM2.5

x4

2023 average PM2.5 concentration in South Africa: 4 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value

2023  South Africa cleanest city Nieuwoudtville , Northern Cape

12

2023  South Africa most polluted city Benoni , Gauteng

149

2023 aqi country ranking

How does South Africa rank globally in air pollution?

47/134

Which country had the worst air quality in 2023?

#COUNTRYPopulationAVG. US
1The national flag of InternationalBangladesh169,356,251

164

2The national flag of InternationalPakistan231,402,117

160

3The national flag of InternationalIndia1,407,563,842

147

4The national flag of InternationalTajikistan9,750,064

134

5The national flag of InternationalBurkina Faso22,100,683

128

6The national flag of InternationalIraq43,533,592

121

7The national flag of InternationalUnited Arab Emirates9,365,145

119

8The national flag of InternationalNepal30,034,989

118

9The national flag of InternationalEgypt109,262,178

118

10The national flag of InternationalDemocratic Republic of the Congo95,894,118

114

47The national flag of InternationalSouth Africa59,392,255

67

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