The North West Province’s Taung-based Tswana praise singer, Mr Jason Mosmanegape Jeremia, has been selected as the praise singer for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 10 February in the Cape Town City Hall.

Expressing his excitement before the event, Mr Jeremia said he cannot wait to sing the praises of the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, before he delivers his address. “I feel humbled by being selected to praise Mr Ramaphosa, who is not just my president, but my wonderful hero. Mr Ramaphosa is rich in things to praise him on. He will always be distinguished from his predecessors by exercising fearless leadership at the difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which killed the economy and the people,” said Mr Jeremia.

Whenever President Ramaphosa appeared before the South African nation to address it on the government’s plans for the economy and to save lives, Mr Jeremia said, President Ramaphosa turned the despair into hope.

Mr Jeremia began writing poetry in 2002 and started performing as a praise singer in 2011 at a ceremony for Chief Nyoko Motihabane in Taung. In 2017, he received an award from the Taung Library in a reading competition and he has also received awards in praise singing competitions. The 31 year-old praise singer said he is not an amateur praise singer. “I am looking forward to standing before the President in that historic Cape Town City Hall.”

By Mava Lukani
2 February 2022