Noxolo Mathula, renowned for her role as Lilly in the popular soap opera ‘Uzalo,’ has spoken out about her hot dog business at taxi ranks, stating that she is unashamed of her entrepreneurial endeavor.
In a recent interview with Daily Sun, the Durban-based actress revealed that she often faces judgment from Uzalo viewers who question her decision to sell hot dogs on the streets while being a television star. Mathula responded by explaining that she understands the challenging economic climate and that she sees her hot dog business as a side hustle.
She emphasized that selling hot dogs does not imply a lack of adequate compensation from her TV job, but rather reflects her awareness of the target market she serves—the people on the streets. She called for unity and support instead of looking down on each other, noting that a single salary is often insufficient, regardless of its amount.
Mathula further shared that she and her team even sell hot dogs at taxi ranks, highlighting the benefit of engaging in a side hustle while still being relevant in the industry. She expressed gratitude that people still recognize her from their television screens, leading them to buy her hot dogs. Some customers even request selfies, considering it a significant moment to purchase food from a celebrity.
In a separate report by Daily Sun, it was revealed that Mathula has secured a catering tender for ‘Durban Gen,’ the sister-soapie of ‘Uzalo,’ also produced by Stained Glass TV. While she did not disclose the name of the production, she expressed her satisfaction with the growth of her business and the opportunities it has brought.
Amidst Mathula’s success, social media speculation arose when she posted a picture standing beside former President Jacob Zuma at his Nkandla presidential residence. The lack of a caption fueled rumors and conjecture, with some Uzalo fans suggesting a familial connection between Mathula and Zuma. Although the actress has not responded to the speculations, people are divided on whether there may be a genuine relationship or if it is mere coincidence.
Former President Jacob Zuma, known for his open acknowledgment of his multiple wives and children, has never concealed his personal life. While Mathula’s resemblance to Zuma has triggered discussions, it is uncertain whether she is related to him. Nevertheless, the curiosity surrounding this matter remains, and fans eagerly await any potential clarification from the actress.
President Zuma once remarked in a television interview that he prefers openness and proudly loves his wives and children, unlike politicians who conceal their extramarital affairs and hidden children.
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