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Major Air Pollutants in South Africa

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158 (CO)


The current PM2.5 concentration in South Africa is ✓below 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 GOOD 31 31 22 8 21 25 58
Eastern Cape MODERATE 60 60 70 2 81 24 78
Mpumalanga GOOD 46 46 30 10 19 29 19
Free State MODERATE 55 55 41 14 41 31 27
Kwazulu Natal GOOD 29 29 22 8 13 28 62
Limpopo MODERATE 70 70 45 4 10 30 36
North West MODERATE 51 51 27 13 26 31 28
Gauteng MODERATE 53 53 33 13 25 27 43

South Africa - Metro Cities AQI

29˚C / 40%
27˚C / 39%
29˚C / 41%
29˚C / 37%
27˚C / 68%

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 31 GOOD AQI now. This was last updated 60 minutes ago .

The current concentration of PM2.5 in South Africa is 13 (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 0.52 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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