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 Kraaifontein, Western Cape

72

2 Thabazimbi, Limpopo

64

3 Sasolburg, Free State

60

4 Springs, Gauteng

58

5 Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

55

6 Vereeniging, Gauteng

55

7 Johannesburg, Gauteng

54

8 Rustenburg, North West

54

9 Ga-Rankuwa, North West

49

10 Bethlehem, Free State

44

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 Cape Town, Western Cape

2

2 Bojanala Platinum, North West

3

3 Knysna, Western Cape

8

4 Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

12

5 Mokopane, Limpopo

13

6 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

13

7 Worcester, Western Cape

15

8 Karoo, Northern Cape

16

9 Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

17

10 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

21

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

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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 CanadaBangladesh164,689,383

161

2The national flag of CanadaChad16,425,859

161

3The national flag of CanadaPakistan220,892,331

156

4The national flag of CanadaTajikistan9,537,642

152

5The national flag of CanadaIndia1,380,004,385

151

6The national flag of CanadaOman5,106,622

146

7The national flag of CanadaKyrgyzstan6,524,191

138

8The national flag of CanadaBahrain1,701,583

136

9The national flag of CanadaIraq40,222,503

136

10The national flag of CanadaNepal29,136,808

126

39The national flag of CanadaSouth Africa59,308,690

73

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South Africa air quality data attribution

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