The Dullstroom Bonanza has become a popular event in the national fly fishing calendar. It attracts fisherman from most of the provinces of South Africa. It is so popular that every year there is a waiting list of teams that wish to participate. Amongst the fisherman are a few Proteas and others who have represented the country at the Commonwealth Games. This year they hosted 25 teams of 4 fishermen each. In addition to the fishermen, there are perhaps 50 support helpers involved.
All the proceeds of the competition are handed over to Helping Hands, a charity organisation based in Dullstroom, which then distributes the funds as needed between different needy organisations in Dullstroom. Scholars from the local school in Sakhelwe, are given the opportunity to assist as junior marshals exposing them to fly fishing and tourism. They look forward to this opportunity each year.
This year Denoon Sampson Ndlovu Inc was a proud sponsor of fishing bags for the Best Dressed Team. The team from Brookwood Trout Farms won the competition for their dashing orange outfits. Andrew Smith, a director at Denoon Sampson Ndlovu Inc, attended the event and it was a great success.