Primary Pollutant


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Major Air Pollutants in South Africa

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South Africa pm2.5 icon
20 (PM2.5)
South Africa pm 10 icon
31 (PM10)
South Africa so2 sulphur dioxide icon
2 (SO2)
South Africa o3 ozone icon
3 (Ozone)
South Africa no2 nitrogen dioxide icon
7 (NO2)

PM2.5 1.3X

The current PM2.5 concentration in South Africa is 1.3 times above the recommended limit given by the WHO 24hrs air quality guidelines value.

South Africa - States Air Pollution Level

STATES Status AQI AQI-US AQI-IN PM2.5 PM10 Temp Humid
Eastern Cape POOR 126 126 146 87 90 8 74
Free State UNHEALTHY 157 157 124 67 129 6 75
Gauteng MODERATE 56 56 34 16 31 6 90
Kwazulu Natal GOOD 17 17 8 4 8 13 72
KwaZulu-Natal MODERATE 74 74 19 8 11 11 72
Limpopo GOOD 33 33 17 8 17 10 87
Mpumalanga GOOD 30 30 16 7 13 5 90
North West POOR 104 104 62 36 48 9 86
Western Cape GOOD 41 41 20 10 19 10 79

South Africa - Metro Cities AQI

7˚C / 87%
4˚C / 100%
9˚C / 85%
10˚C / 87%
13˚C / 72%

Historic Air Quality Graph of South Africa


Oct 1, 2020


Oct 1, 2020


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FAQs of South Africa's Air Quality

(Frequently Asked Questions)

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

The current Air Quality Index (AQI) in South Africa is 38 MODERATE air quality. This reading was last taken 34 minutes ago .

The current concentration of PM2.5 in South Africa is 10 (µg/m³). The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 15 µg/m³ 24 hrs as the threshold concentration of PM2.5. Currently, the concentration is 0.40 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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