Nothando Ngcobo plays the role of Hlelo on SABC 1 soapie Uzalo and Prudence Thabethe on Lingashoni. On Uzalo, Hlelo was rescued from an abusive marriage by Gabisile, a favor she returned after she saved her from the mouths of death. The Hlelo character is a reckless mother jailed for baby dumping after dumping her newly born baby Smangaliso role played by Kwandokuhle Phakamani.
Uzalo fans crush on Nothando for her beauty and build; she was quickly named the soapie babe of the season. Hlelo is a natural beauty without makeup in real life; she shocked Mzansi when she uploaded her pictures without makeup, leaving many drooling.
Nothando revealed that she embraces her natural beauty and prefers her face natural that covered with foundation. ‘‘I spend most of my time in my natural skin; I don’t have that edge for makeup. The Hlelo role barely requires me to wear makeup; the producers allowed me to be comfortable in my natural African skin.’’
On Uzalo, Hlelo is going to be rescued from jail and united with her son Smangaliso. Under the watchful eye of Gabisile and social workers, Hlelo is set to pull a shocker and return to her old habits of alcohol abuse. She will lose her baby to foster care along with the storyline.