Some countries have access to clean cooking technologies and fuels, others are more dependent on the use of polluting, open fires or inefficient fuels for their household cooking needs. The Alliance has gathered information from a number of sources to provide country-level snapshots of a range of factors related to access to clean cookstoves and fuels.

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By the Numbers

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CountrySouth Africa
Population 51,189,307
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking13%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cookingno data
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainableno data
Number of people affected by HAP6,654,610
Number of households affected by HAP1,411,761
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 7,623
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 1,283
Urban population using solid fuels6.9%
Rural population using solid fuels41.2%
Population using wood for cooking15.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.2%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.0%
Population using coal for cooking1.2%
Population using kerosene for cooking14.8%
Population using gas for cooking2.0%
Population using electricity for cooking66.4%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.2%