Mrs Tshimangadzo Merline Matamba was born and raised in Thohoyandou, Limpopo. She received her B.Sc. (Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry) in 2010 from University of Venda. She did her B.Sc. (Honours) in Astrophysics and Space Science from University of Cape Town in 2011. In 2012 she did SANSA / NRF internship focusing on the statistical analysis of the Ionospheric F1 layer. She also obtained her M.Sc. in Physics from Rhodes University in 2015 and her research topic was statistical analysis of the ionospheric response during geomagnetic storm conditions over South Africa using ionosonde and GPS data.
She presented her research at two international conferences, namely African workshop on Space Science Research in 2015 and EISCAT conference in 2015 and also attended Ionospheric monitoring workshop in 2013. She also presented her work in national conference South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2014 she attended Joint Space Weather summer Camp in Germany.
Since April 2015, she is doing her PhD research registered at Rhodes University based at SANSA Space Science. Her research is about long term analysis of ionospheric response during geomagnetic storms over the African regions.