South Africa’s Associated Media Publishing Firm Shuts Down

Associated Media Publishing

Associated Media Publishing, South Africa’s independent publisher of Cosmopolitan, House & Leisure, Good Housekeeping, and Women on Wheels, will close its doors on Friday 1 May after 38 years.

“This is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make,” the publisher’s chief executive, Julia Raphaely, said in a statement released on Thursday. 

AMP said in a statement, “Although every effort was made to achieve this, the unexpected and devastating impact of Covid-19, causing the closure of printing and distribution channels, the global halt on advertising spend as well as the inability to host events for the foreseeable future, have made it impossible to continue trading, despite large amounts of personal funds having gone into AMP.

“We never thought this day would come, but we are left with no choice.” The most difficult day in my entire business life so far. 😢

The company was founded in 1982 by Jane Raphaely, who was succeeded by her daughter Julia Raphaely.

“For the last 38 years, AMP has been one of South Africa’s leading publishers and our titles have been part of many people’s lives. It’s a big blow for magazine media brands in South Africa as they hold a special place in our country,” she said in the statement.