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Johannesburg – One of the country’s leading magazine publishers, “Associated Media Publishing” – will come to the end of it’s era after 38 years of existence.
The AMP company was launched in 1982 by Jane Raphaely, who announced it’s abrupt closure due to the inability to operate amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
AMP; As it is popularly called has been at the forefront of magazine publishing and Women empowerment in South Africa.
The company has published for Cosmopolitan, House & Liesure, Good House Keeping, and Women on Wheels.
Jane Raphaely’s daughter “Julia Raphaely” took over the reigns of the company 10 years ago, and has had to face a turbulent decade in the quest of becoming the best in a very competitive industry and overcoming the challenges of the publishing industry.
Julia took to social media to announce the news.
The effects of Covid-19 have devastatingly wounded the company, despite measures taken for AMP to continue with operations.
Covid-19 affected and impacted the printing and distribution channels severely, causing a halt in the global advertising, coupled with the inability to host events in the foreseeable future.
“This is the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make, For the last 38 years AMP has been one of South Africa’s leading publishers and our titles have been part of people’s lives, this is a big blow for magazine 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”. – Said Julia.
The closure of the company will cost the talented team of employees at AMP, including loyal suppliers which have been a valued part of AMP’s journey for almost 40 years.
Julia expressed gratitude towards everyone who has been part of the building important media platforms that have inspired millions of people across the country.