Singer and award-winning actress Noxolo Mathula, who plays the role of Lily on SABC 1’s hit telenovela Uzalo, has wowed fans and social media followers with her real-life side hustle. Despite her fame and fortune, the talented actress is not shy when it comes to chasing money and actually sells hotdogs in the streets as a side hustle.
The Uzalo actress runs a thriving business where she sells hotdogs in the streets and at shopping malls. Noxolo is inspiring many youths with her hands-on approach to her business and side hustle.
After an extended period of the CoVid-19 induced national lockdown, finances became heavily constrained and Lily did not have any qualms about going out into the streets to sell hotdogs to earn extra money. Noxolo’s side hustle is thriving and is turning into a full-fledged business in its own right.
The business which is called HotdogsbyNoxolo caters to people in KwaMashu, where Uzalo is set. The business even caters to and visits the other sections of KwaMashu and Durban.
The business-savvy actress has also used her fame and celebrity to promote her side hustle. One of the marketing strategies used by HotdogsbyNoxolo is to give customers the chance to have their photo taken with Uzalo’s Lily after purchasing hot dogs. Noxolo’s workmates at Uzalo have also helped in promoting their colleague’s side hustle.
Nonka from Uzalo promoting hotdogs sold by Uzalo’s Lily side hustle (Image Credit: HotdogsbyNoxolo/Instagram)
Explaining why she chose hotdogs as a side hustle, Noxolo said,
A lot of people have been asking me why hotdogs? Well, hotdogs are my old-time favourite, whether I’m grocery shopping I have to find where the hotdogs [are] at, so I decided since my Mum makes hotdogs that slap so hard let me sell them to the people and hear what they have to say!
With the actress’s entrepreneurial spirit, hands-on approach, and willingness to get her hands dirty, it’s no wonder that she recently bought herself a house worth R1.8 million.
We hope that many young people in South Africa are taking notes.