Major Air Pollutants in South Africa

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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 34 34 17 8 15 15 70
Eastern Cape GOOD 45 45 23 11 23 16 66
Limpopo GOOD 43 43 26 10 23 18 44
Mpumalanga MODERATE 55 55 38 15 36 16 38
Free State MODERATE 53 53 28 13 28 18 39
Kwazulu Natal MODERATE 59 59 36 16 34 19 77
North West MODERATE 60 60 45 16 49 18 37
Gauteng MODERATE 55 55 33 14 31 17 36

South Africa - Metro Cities AQI

19˚C / 38%
17˚C / 36%
17˚C / 40%
16˚C / 38%
18˚C / 73%

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 32 MODERATE AQI now. This was last updated .

The current concentration of PM2.5 in South Africa is 14 (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 0.56 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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