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Cova is a majority black-owned consulting firm (level 2 B-BBEE) that has positioned itself as a trusted advisor on government programs ranging from government grants and tax incentives, development finance, carbon and energy services, through to customs and excise advisory. Cova was established by Duane Newman and Tumelo Chipfupa in 2013. It has established a strong and effective network within both the private and public sectors.

The name “Cova” is derived from the Italian word “Nova” which means new. Cova’s vision is to be the leading trusted advisor in our chosen areas of specialisation in South Africa. To this end, we focus on providing the private sector with comprehensive policy expertise, as well as advisory services on energy, finance-raising, government grants and tax incentives. The aim is to ensure the available benefits are maximised, across the value chain.


Agile: to be nimble, to move fast, and to out-think larger organisations

Integrity: in our dealings with one another, with clients and with government (full disclosure principle)

Mastery: to be the best at what we do - individually and collectively


Cova offers the following comprehensive services:

Latest Cova News

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has released the draft Automotive Investment Scheme 2 (“AIS2”) guidelines for comment.
Cova Advisory's Zelda Burchell and Duane Newman are quoted in a Business Maverick article on South African companies scrambling to comply with the new carbon tax.
Moneyweb's Simon Brown speaks to Cova Advisory's Zelda Burchell on how green projects can be used to offset liability or to generate income.
Cova Advisory's Caroline Rheeder spoke to Kaya FM about trade developments on the Continent, and the potential threats and benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Here is a new Cova Newsflash on two noteworthy and important updates: - Draft amendments to the Carbon Offsets Regulations, for public comment - SA's updated Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement has been published for comment


Apr 21, 2021, 10:10 AM
Cova Advisory is to host a Webinar on blended finance on the 21st of April from 10.00 am to 11.00 am.


This Cova Newsflash warns that companies should be aware of their upcoming greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and carbon tax responsibilities in 2021.


Cova Advisory has hosted a webinar with carbon trading house We Act, and with Climate Legal - to discuss the administrative and legal issues which firms will need to tackle when considering Carbon Credits.