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 Pretoria, Gauteng

154

2 Johannesburg, Gauteng

115

3 Vereeniging, Gauteng

96

4 Polokwane, Limpopo

88

5 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

47

6 eSikhaleni, KwaZulu-Natal

35

(local time)

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LIVE AQI CITY RANKING

Real-time South Africa
Cleanest city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 eSikhaleni, KwaZulu-Natal

35

2 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

47

3 Polokwane, Limpopo

88

4 Vereeniging, Gauteng

96

5 Johannesburg, Gauteng

115

6 Pretoria, Gauteng

154

(local time)

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OVERVIEW

How polluted is South Africa?

The national flag of International

2022 Air quality average

Human face indicating AQI level

Moderate

2022 average US AQI

75

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PM2.5

x4.7

2022 average PM2.5 concentration in South Africa: 4.7 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value

2022  South Africa cleanest city Oudtshoorn , Western Cape

3

2022  South Africa most polluted city Thabazimbi , Limpopo

117

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2022 aqi country ranking

How does South Africa rank globally in air pollution?

39/ 131 countries ranked in 2022

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#COUNTRYPopulationAVG. US
1The national flag of InternationalChad17,179,740

169

2The national flag of InternationalIraq43,533,592

164

3The national flag of InternationalPakistan231,402,117

159

4The national flag of InternationalBahrain1,463,265

157

5The national flag of InternationalBangladesh169,356,251

156

6The national flag of InternationalBurkina Faso22,100,683

155

7The national flag of InternationalKuwait4,250,114

151

8The national flag of InternationalIndia1,407,563,842

144

9The national flag of InternationalEgypt109,262,178

128

10The national flag of InternationalTajikistan9,750,064

127

39The national flag of InternationalSouth Africa59,392,255

75

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