nounhistorical South African
At the Cape of Good Hope under the Dutch, and subsequently in the Cape Colony: an annual return or account of livestock, produce, and agricultural land, introduced in 1796 for the purposes of taxation; the documents submitted for this return.
The last known official use of the traditional opgaafrolle (opgaaf rolls) for the submission of tax returns was in 1845; but the term opgaaf appears to have survived beyond this.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Statute Law Cape of Good Hope. From Dutch opgaaf statement, account, nominal formation corresponding to opgeven to give up, hand over from op + geven.