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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 Duane Newman is quoted in a Moneyweb report on cross-border tax shifts and warns against protectionist measures.
Cova's Pieter de Villiers lists the many ways a firm can shave its Carbon Tax liability, in an article in Business Day.
Cova Advisory's Duane Newman and Donald MacKay of XA International Tax Advisors wrote in the Sunday Times about the need to think carefully before imposing export taxes.
Cova Advisory's Duane Newman was interviewed by Classic Businesses on Export Taxes and their suitability for SA.
Cova Advisory has joined forces with another leading consultancy, Peak Advisory, to offer a full range customs and trade-related services.



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