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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 reports on the new IDC guidelines for assistance to the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather sector.
Cova Advisory's Tumelo Chipfupa is quoted by IT Web on the outcomes of a recent Webinar on R&D support in South Africa.
Covid Advisory’s Moeketsi Marumo shares his thoughts with Classic Business on R&D support and how to preserve this help now that the Covid-19 pandemic has arrived.
Cova Advisory's Moeketsi Marumo speaks to CNBC Africa on how to fund R&D in the era post-Covid-19.
Cova Advisory's Tumelo Chipfupa appealed for greater funding for innovation and R&D when he hosted a Webinar on the topic. This News Release outlines his arguments, with a link to a recording of the webinar.


Nov 4, 2020, 11:24 AM
Cova's Zelda Burchell will address the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) Conference on Finance and Incentives. It is being held from the 4th to the 6th of November.


Cova mourns the loss of Mohamed Ismail

23 March 1992 to 13 September 2020

– 28 years old.

Deeply loved. He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace Moe