What were the long-lasting consequences of Reservation of Separate Amenities Act?

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The Reservation of Separate Amenities Act created legal segregation in South Africa. This law allowed for segregation in public facilities including restaurants, schools, transportation, and theaters. This law stated that segregation could occur even if the facilities were not equal in quality.

The long-term impact of this law and others that made up the apartheid system was that the races were kept apart, and the white minority remained in control of the government. It also created a great deal of tension between white South Africans and non-white South Africans.

Eventually, there was a great deal of international pressure placed on the South African government to end the system of apartheid. Several countries imposed sanctions on South Africa. Travel, trade, and international sporting competitions were reduced or banned.

This pressure eventually worked as the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act ended in 1990, and apartheid ended in 1994.