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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

There is a deadline for renewing Carbon Tax Licences. Cova Advisory has the details.
Engineering News reports on Cova Advisory's latest webinar, which examined the current state of SA's Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
Cova Advisory's Duane Newman writes in Business Day on the EU's carbon border strategy and questions whether it is a form of carbon protectionism
Cova Advisory's Fungai Blake writes in Business Day on the state's support for recently looted businesses and warns that stand-alone liquor stores are being excluded from some support schemes.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has launched a new incentive programme to support enterprises that were affected by the unrest and looting in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal in July.


Sep 27, 2021, 9:30 AM
Cova’s Duane Newman is to address AmCham on September 27th on ‘Growing your business in Covid and Staying in your Lane’ , as part of the Chamber's ‘AmCham Talks Leadership’ series.
Oct 19, 2021, 9:00 AM
Cova Advisory is to sponsor and will participate in the Manufacturing Circle's Electricity Forum on the 19th and 20th of October 2021.
Oct 21, 2021, 10:00 AM
Cova Advisory is joining forces with Tshwane's Capital City Chamber (CCBA) to host a webinar on energy security and incentives on October the 21st.
Nov 3, 2021, 3:14 PM
Energy Efficiency: Cova Advisory is to participate in and sponsor the 2021 SAEEC Conference on 3– 5 November 2021



Sep 15, 2021, 2:00 PM
Cova Advisory’s Tumelo Chipfupa has hosted a webinar on SA’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs), with input from representatives of the OR Tambo SEZ, the Dube TradePort SEZ and the Saldanha Bay IDZ.
Sep 14, 2021, 12:30 PM
Cova Advisory's Duane Newman and Fungai Blake present an overview of SA's Investment Grants and Incentives for Businesses, with comments and analysis on the current offerings.