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Hlelo's Journey In The Media Industry

Nothando Ngcobo Playing Hlelo on Uzalo and Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni.


Nothando Ngcobo is a South African actress who plays the role of Hlelo on SABC 1 soupie Uzalo and Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni.

On Uzalo Hlelo represents a broken soul, who moved from the harsh conditions of the street to a victim of domestic abuse. Despite struggling to make ends meet, Hlelo showed resilience till she helped dying Gabisile role played by Baby Cele who returned the favour by changing Hlelo's life forever.

Early life

Nothando Ngcobo was born in Hammarsdale a township in Mpumalanga, she moved to Johannesburg to study her Degree in Media and Creative Arts.

In real life, the 26-year old Nothando Ngcobo is proof that hard work, resilience and patience pays in life. In the early stage of her career, Nothando encountered a lot of abuse and rejection in the industry.

Before She bagged the Uzalo gig, Hlelo was auditioned for Generations The Legacy as a supporting cast member and was rejected by the show producer because she, "didn't fit the character" The role was later filled by Bantu Petse who plays the role of Nontle Majola the biological daughter of Ayanda Majola and Tau Mogale.

Describing the rejection ordeal, Nothando revealed that due to rejection she nearly gave up acting despite it being what she wanted to do since childhood.

"In the early stages of my career, I suffered a lot of rejection and humiliation to the extent of nearly giving up on my dream. But I trust God wanted me to go through all that so that when He rise me, I glorify his name, I have managed to overcome rejection through prayers and accepting that some jobs I had auditioned for were just not for me at that time," she said.

In real life , Nothando is closer to and receives mentorship from award- winning actor Abdul Khoza who played roles on Isibiya, Durban Gen and recently Kings of Joburg.

Hlelo advocacy for domestic violence

Nothando struggled to fit into the Hlelo character on Uzalo till she sacrificed her real- life character in order to fully portray how South African women and children suffer at the hands of men. She revealed that one day when she is done with acting, she wants to be remembered for advocacy role she played to educate the nation against domestic violence.

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