Noxolo Matete (née Malimba) studied Drama and Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As a student, she took part in numerous departmental productions. During the period that she was studying towards her Masters, she held a stint as junior lecturer at the Durban University of Technology. She then worked as Publications Officer at the Centre for Creative Arts, an arts organisation housed in the College of Humanities on Howard College. She obtained her Masters cum laude in Drama and Performance Studies. She recently joined the academic staff at UKZN.