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BREAKING: Associated Media Publishing closes its doors permanently after 38 years

Associated Media Publishing (AMP) has announced that it will be closing its doors permanently.
AMP CEO Julia Raphaely. Image source: Facebook.
AMP CEO Julia Raphaely has announced that the company will cease trading and publishing its magazine titles from Friday, 1 May 2020.

AMP published Cosmopolitan, House & Leisure, Good Housekeeping and Women on Wheels. The company was launched in 1982 by Jane Raphaely, a woman who has played a pivotal role in magazine publishing and female empowerment in South Africa. Her daughter Julia took over the helm during the last turbulent decade, transforming the company to meet the challenges the entire publishing industry faced.

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.

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“This is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make,” said Julia.
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. We never thought this day would come, but we are left with no choice.
Julia expressed her great sadness at the distress the decision would cause. “We have a wonderful team of talented employees, as well as loyal suppliers and clients who will be affected. They have all been a valued part of AMP’s journey.”

An uncertain future


She added that AMP is incredibly proud of the magazine media brands it has cultivated over nearly four decades of business. “We are forever grateful to the people who have been involved and helped to build important media platforms and inspire millions of people across the country.

“The future of many industries is uncertain. AMP is currently dealing exclusively with trying to minimise the negative financial implications this terrible outcome will cause to creditors and staff.”
Comment
Anonymous
I am truly sad to read this news. Thank you to the Raphaelys for the years of keeping APM alive and giving us as readers inspiration. Wishing you well from Cairns family
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 14:55
Anonymous
I am truly saddened to read this sad news, The Raphaelys have done so much to keep APM going. We thank you Julia for your faithfullness and perseverance and wish you and your family well for the future. Best wishes Reuben Cairns and family
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 15:01
Anonymous
oh my lord!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-( Christine (Riley)
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 16:10
Anonymous
So very sad to hear this awful news. Was a superb company to work for.
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 17:40
Akhona Busakwe
So sorry to hear this. I used to work in your building in CPT as you were renting the 2nd floor to the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG). I am so sorry to your staff members.
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 18:48
Anonymous
I’m so very sad to read this. I worked with you for 7 of those years and loved every second. I wish you only the very best. Jenny Wilding.
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 20:43
Anonymous
I’m so very sad to read this. I worked with you for 7 of those years and loved every second. I wish you only the very best. Jenny Wilding.
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 20:44
Anonymous
Just too sad to be losing out on these lovely magazines. My husband and I did go places with the prizes that we won in the WIN SECTION of your magazines. My husband won THE WIN A TRIP TO PARIS WITH YOUR NOREVA COMPETITION in the GOOD HOUSEkeeping Magazine a few years back . This was the best most unforgettable holiday of my lifetime. THANK for a lifetime of memories. So sorry......
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 20:45
Anonymous
Hi Julia,Sad news indeed, but why don't shift a complete online presence, which is the way of the modern world.All the best with whatever you pursue in the future.??
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 22:44
Anonymous
Hi Julia,Sad news indeed, but why don't shift a complete online presence, which is the way of the modern world.All the best with whatever you pursue in the future.??
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 22:45
Anonymous
Oh my goodness! I bet they didn’t even think about doing that.
Posted on 1 May 2020 11:01
Anonymous
Thank you for the wonderful content produced over the lifetime of APM. So sad to hear.
Posted on 1 May 2020 14:22
Anonymous
It’s a pity that the employees have been given no notice, only one months severance pay (regardless of how long they worked for you) and not even been paid for leave days owed. And all this while the directors walk away with lots of money. Shocking ethics.
Posted on 1 May 2020 15:12
Anonymous
So sorry to hear this. Thank you for the wonderful years of magazines. We will miss you! Much success with your next endeavor. Louise Haller
Posted on 2 May 2020 00:01
Anonymous
After one month!!! Really.Calling BSSo many companies using Covid 19 as an excuse when they were in trouble for a while.Timing is perfect.I am just sad for the employees.
Posted on 2 May 2020 16:10
Anonymous
Brought to you by or lovely SA Government!
Posted on 4 May 2020 14:15
Anonymous
Jane gave me my first to design a masthead for one of the earliest magazines. She was so supportive. She helped Janice Ashby Design Partnership achieve the success we enjoyed over the following twenty years. Very very sad to have to say goodbye to these great publications.
Posted on 4 May 2020 16:39
Kirsten Veenstra
Such sad news! I grew up reading Cosmo as a teen - AMP have been part of my life for over 30 years! Best wishes for the beginning of something new and awesome to the Rafaely's and all the staff
Posted on 4 May 2020 18:32
Anonymous
Really sad, Cosmo and House and Leisure in particular have been magazine institutions in SA... Wishing the Raphaely family all the best. 38 Years of publishing legacy won't be forgotten.
Posted on 4 May 2020 18:39
Anonymous
Very sad indeed, will miss Good Housekeeping - was a great mag.Wishing everyone all the best going forward.
Posted on 4 May 2020 19:25

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