Jojo siWa, a popular South African rapper, was awarded a $1 million prize for his song Baby Shark Song.
The song has become a favourite among South Africans, and it has been used in the recent election campaign to help the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
The song was originally recorded in 2014 and was released as a single in the United States in 2016.
The ANC-led government has promised to increase the number of songwriters in the future.
It has also promised to pay for new facilities for songwriters, a move that would be funded through a new budget that will be passed by parliament next month.
The winner of the award, a musician who lives in Johannesburg, will receive an award of $2 million in compensation.
The award has been made in recognition of the success of the song, which has also been used as an anti-racism anthem by the United Nation.
The new budget is expected to fund a number of other initiatives, including a plan to provide free childcare and free public education for all children in the country.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been a vocal supporter of the ANC, and the ANC is hoping to secure an increase in support for the party in the 2018 general election.
Mr Zuma, who has been accused of corruption, has said that he is willing to meet with South Africans to discuss economic issues.