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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 co-founder Tumelo Chipfupa writes in Business Day on the problems which have emerged with Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the challenges of maintaining National Treasury support for investment incentives.
Cova Advisory’s Pieter de Villiers and Zelda Burchell briefed the recent SA Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference on ways to cut your Carbon Tax bill.
Cova Advisory has published a new newsletter, which focuses on the recent mini-budget. It unearths some important changes in state support for investors.
Cova Advisory co-founder Duane Newman joined top economist Mike Schussler in a ZA Confidential podcast to discuss the mini-budget, the government response to the pandemic, and the prospects for economic recovery
Cova Advisory’s Duane Newman recently briefed the Tax Indaba on Incentives and Grants, along with PwC’s Kyle Mandy.


Nov 25, 2020, 10:00 AM
XA and Cova to host webinar on export duties.
Dec 9, 2020, 9:00 AM
Cova Advisory is again supporting the Manufacturing Indaba. This year it will be a virtual event - on December the 9th and 10th. It will feature a session on incentives, hosted by Cova. The Indaba is free to attend.


All licensees who are required to renew their carbon tax licenses in terms of Schedule 8 must submit their applications for renewal (DA 185 and relevant annexure) manually to any Customs Branch Office by 30 November to avoid penalties.