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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

Cova Advisory's Tumelo Chipfupa is quoted in the Financial Mail on the challenges facing South Africa's Special Economic Zones (SEZs), and on the role of the private sector.
Cova Advisory Associate Director Moeketsi Marumo explains how we assisted 258 companies to submit UIF Covid19 TERS applications - worth R500 million for 135 000 employees.
Cova's Rendani Tshishivhiri writes in Business Day and warns about incentive payments being hit by over-zealous anti-corruption measures
Cova Advisory's Fatgiyah Bardient writes in Business Day on the imperative of recognising the need to boost transformation in the tourism industry
Cova Advisory's Fungai Blake writes in Business Day on the benefits of blended finance.


Jun 22, 2021, 2:30 PM
Cova Advisory’s Duane Newman is to moderate a panel discussion on delivering regional infrastructure projects, at a virtual conference being staged on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2021 by Infrastructure Africa


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