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 Kraaifontein, Western Cape

121

2 Meyerton, Gauteng

99

3 Sasolburg, Free State

85

4 Springs, Gauteng

77

5 Randburg, Gauteng

75

6 Bloemfontein, Free State

73

7 Stellenbosch, Western Cape

72

8 Pretoria, Gauteng

61

9 Roodepoort, Gauteng

61

10 Mahikeng, North West

60

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

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#cityUS AQI
1 Berea, KwaZulu-Natal

1

2 Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

3

3 Centurion, Gauteng

3

4 Vereeniging, Gauteng

5

5 Bethlehem, Free State

7

6 Burgersfort, Mpumalanga

14

7 Ermelo, Mpumalanga

14

8 Secunda, Mpumalanga

15

9 Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

16

10 Phalaborwa, Limpopo

16

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

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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 ThailandBangladesh164'689'383

162

2The national flag of ThailandPakistan220'892'331

153

3The national flag of ThailandIndia1'380'004'385

141

4The national flag of ThailandMongolia3'278'292

128

5The national flag of ThailandAfghanistan38'928'341

128

6The national flag of ThailandOman5'106'622

123

7The national flag of ThailandQatar2'881'060

123

8The national flag of ThailandKyrgyzstan6'524'191

121

9The national flag of ThailandIndonesia273'523'621

114

10The national flag of ThailandBosnia Herzegovina3'280'815

113

49The national flag of ThailandSouth Africa59'308'690

63

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