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Major Air Pollutants in South Africa

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PM2.5 2X

The current PM2.5 concentration in South Africa is 2 times above the recommended limit given by the WHO 24 hrs air quality guidelines value.

South Africa - States Air Pollution Level

STATES Status AQI AQI-US AQI-IN PM2.5 PM10 Temp Humid
Western Cape MODERATE 63 63 33 16 26 12 86
Eastern Cape MODERATE 57 57 31 16 31 13 71
Limpopo MODERATE 65 65 37 21 21 12 70
Mpumalanga MODERATE 100 100 67 37 61 9 52
Free State MODERATE 80 80 49 26 49 8 76
Kwazulu Natal MODERATE 61 61 33 18 32 17 74
North West MODERATE 96 96 65 33 67 9 74
Gauteng MODERATE 98 98 78 40 64 9 66

South Africa - Metro Cities AQI

9˚C / 74%
10˚C / 56%
9˚C / 71%
10˚C / 80%
17˚C / 60%

Historic Air Quality Graph of South Africa


Oct 1, 2020


Oct 1, 2020


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FAQs of South Africa's Air Quality Index

(Frequently Asked Questions)

Some facts about air pollution level in South Africa and what quality of air you breathe in your region.

The real-time air quality in South Africa is 58 MODERATE AQI now. This was last updated .

The current concentration of PM2.5 in South Africa is 40 (µg/m³). The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 15 µg/m³ as the threshold concentration of PM2.5 for 24 hrs mean. Currently, the concentration is 1.60 times the recommended limit.

Generally, the air quality at South Africa starts deteriorating in late October. The winters are the worst-hit season in terms of air pollution.

You should wear a good N95 mask when you go outdoor in South Africa until the AQI is improving upto moderate range.

Office going people should avoid personal vehicles and use public transportations or carpooling.

(i) The primary causes of outdoor air pollution are solid, liquid particles called aerosols & gase from vehicles emissions, construction activities, factories, burning stubble & fossil fuels and wildfire, etc.

(ii) Main causes of indoor air pollution are harmful gases from cooking fuels (such as wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung), damp, mould smoke, chemicals from cleaning materials, etc.

Indoor air pollution in South Africa is as dangerous as outdoor pollution, because the air pollutants come inside the houses or buildings through doors, windows and ventilation.

In South Africa, you must use an air purifier or fresh air machine at home or office indoor and close all the doors, windows and ventilations when the outdoor air quality index (aqi) in South Africa is very high. Proper ventilation is highly recommended only when outdoor air quality is improving and moderate AQI range.

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