Just as it takes a village to raise a child, “it takes dedication and a strong support system to attain a terminal qualification.” That is a very humble acknowledgement by Dr Bonginkosi Keith (BK) Zwane who believes that his wife and children, Sis Happiness, parents, and colleagues; from the dean, HoD, Professor Mantzaris, Dr Sikwela and Dr Fuyane all played an important role in his PhD journey. And of course, Dr Mvuyane who spoke positivity to him from the day he registered, and his war room comrades. Dr Zwane graduated with a PhD from DUT’s Faculty of Management Sciences specialising in Business Administration. His study focused on financing agricultural co-operatives and the significance of financial bootstrapping, using an uMshwathi Municipality as a case study. “The purpose of the research was an attempt to contribute to scientific knowledge by investigating the different methods of financing agricultural co-operatives in uMshwathi Municipality and how financial bootstrapping can be used as a tool for the success and growth of these co-operatives.” An elated Zwane, said, “The last chapter is beautiful, we win. With this PhD, I will now be able to lecture our Master’s degree cohort and become a supervisor. This is the direction the faculty is taking, and I am humbled and excited to be a part of this stride for our Master’s degree in the Faculty of Management Sciences. While my PhD is in Management Sciences specialising in Business Administration, my study was multi-disciplinary with the primary focus on Management Accounting, a touch of Economics and a dash of Entrepreneurship.