An Afrikaans/ Dutch term, literally a 'roof room' or attic, but pertaining to Cape Dutch homesteads, where the roof space was isolated from that of the residential section below by a Brandsolder, hence access was external to the building, usually by means of a masonry stairway, often as a distinguishing architectural element. While it may have served for storage, it was often utilised as a drying space for meats or fruits.