Real Life facts about Nothando Ngcobo ‘Hlelo’ from Uzalo

Nothando Ngcobo on Uzalo

Real Life facts about Nothando Ngcobo ‘Hlelo’ from Uzalo


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

On Uzalo Hlelo represents a broken soul, who moved from the harsh conditions of the streets 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.

Hlelo from Uzalo
Hlelo from Uzalo Image Source: Instagram @nothandongcobo

Nothando Ngcobo early life

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

Nothando Ngcobo plays Hlelo on Uzalo
Nothando Ngcobo plays Hlelo on Uzalo Image Source: Instagram @nothandongcobo

Hlelo was rejected by Generations The Legacy

In real life, the 26-year-old Nothando Ngcobo is proof that hard work, resilience and patience pays in life. In the early stages 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 producers because she “didn’t fit the character”. The role was later filled by Buntu 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 raise me, I glorify His name, I have managed to overcome rejection through prayer and accepting that some of the jobs I had auditioned for were just not for me at the time”, she said.


In real life, Nothando Ngcobo is closer to and receives mentorship from award-winning actor Abdul Khoza who played roles on Isibaya, Uzalo 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 the advocacy role she played to educate the nation against domestic violence.


Hlelo from Uzalo’s real-life boyfriend

Nothando is off the market, she is currently dating a supportive and encouraging unnamed boyfriend whom she always thanks for playing a vital role in her career. At this rate, cows are likely to come home soon for Nothando Ngcobo.

Hlelo from Uzalo’s Pictures

Nothando Ngcobo on Uzalo
Nothando Ngcobo from Uzalo Image source: Instagram @nothandongcobo


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