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 energy, finance-raising, government grants and tax incentives advisory services. 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 rounds up all the latest news on Customs and Excise in its latest Newsletter.
Cova Advisory's Duane Newman is quoted in an Engineering News feature on Industrial Parks, warning that their success depends on better access to markets.


Nov 14, 2019, 9:00 AM
Cova Advisory is a gold sponsor of the 14th annual conference of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation. Cova co-founder Duane Newman will be addressing the event.
Nov 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
Cova Advisory will on the 15th of November host a seminar on funding for R&D. This Innovation Funding session will feature experts from Cova and from the public sector.


The Agro Processing Support Scheme has been extended indefinitely.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has approved revisions to the Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP).
Applications for SPP funding are still being accepted.

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