Pollution Rate in South Africa

Pollution Index 53.58
Pollution Exp Scale 99.35

Pollution in South Africa

Air Pollution 46.49 Moderate
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.47 Low
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.17 Moderate
Dirty and Untidy 59.35 High
Noise and Light Pollution 45.97 Moderate
Water Pollution 56.14 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Spending Time in the City 42.48 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City 51.32 Moderate

Purity and Cleanliness in South Africa

Air quality 54.51 Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 61.53 High
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction 53.83 Moderate
Clean and Tidy 37.65 Low
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights 53.03 Moderate
Water Quality 41.86 Moderate
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City 56.52 Moderate
Quality of Green and Parks 48.68 Moderate

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Last update: August 2023

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Pollution Rate & Air and Water Quality in South Africa in 2023

Pollution and air quality are important factors that can affect quality of life. South Africa has relatively good air quality and low pollution levels compared to global standards.
According to metrics from trusted sources, the levels of pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone rank South Africa among the top countries worldwide for air quality.
Major cities do suffer from traffic congestion and industrial activity leading to smog and reduced air quality at times, however pollution-control regulations help minimize risks. The government has initiatives to promote public transit, clean energy and high vehicle emissions standards to reduce pollution.
Access to nature and green spaces in urban areas also counteracts some effects of pollution. While not pristine, the air quality and pollution levels in South Africa are better than many developing nations and in line with most developed countries. This contributes to general wellbeing for citizens.

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