• About Jane Raphaely

    After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1958 with a BSc in Sociology and Economics, Jane (born Mullins) won a Rotary Foundation fellowship to further her studies at Columbia University in New York.

    Jane moved to South Africa in 1960, the year of the Sharpeville massacre, British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan’s ‘Wind of Change’ speech to the South African parliament, and the acceleration of the process that would eventually lead to a change of government. After a stint in the advertising and PR world, Jane Raphaely was invited to join Naspers as founding editor of the first English women’s magazine in the company, Fair Lady, in 1965. She set up Jane Raphaely and Associates in 1983, with her husband, Michael Raphaely, and business partner, Volker Kühnel, to launch COSMOPOLITAN magazine in 1984.

    The wholly owned House and Leisure and several other international titles followed, including the only edition of O, The Oprah Magazine outside the USA, which was hailed as the publishing coup of the decade in 2002. Jane Raphaely is the recipient of numerous awards for professional and humanitarian achievements, having played a pivotal role in magazine publishing and female empowerment in SA. Jane is married and has seven grandchildren who all live in Cape Town.

    Highlights from Jane Raphaely’s career

    • 1958 BSc Sociology and Economics London School of Economics
    • 1958 Rotary Foundation Fellow Cheshire UK
    • 1958 Columbia University/ Rotary Fellow US/ Wins $12,000 on Name That Tune
    • 1959 Returns to the UK/Bolton Evening News
    • 1960 Move to South Africa/ Sharpeville
    • 1960 Van Zyl and Robinson copywriter/ Columnist Cape Times
    • 1961 Bernstein Wilson copywriter, account executive
    • 1962 Opens PR division Bernstein Wilson
    • 1965 Launches Fair Lady
    • 1984 Launches Cosmopolitan
    • 1988 Revamps Femina and takes it over from Republican
    • 1989  Cosmopolitan Fashion Directory launched
    • 1993 House and Leisure launched
    • 1998 Brides and Homes launched
    • 2000 Baby and Me launched
    • 2002 O The Oprah Magazine SA launched
    • 2003 Marie Claire moves to Associated Magazines
    • 2011 Good Housekeeping/Goeie Huishouding launched


    • 1986 Business Woman of the Year
    • 1986 Media Innovator of the Year
    • 1986 Star Woman of Our Time
    • 2000 Print Media SA Fellow
    • 2001 Rapport Prestige Women’s Award
    • 2008 Naspers Order of Tafelberg
    • 2008 Vodacom Journalist of the Year – Lifetime Achievement
    • 2008 Advantage Admag Awards – Lifetime Achiever Award

    About Associated Media Publishing

    Associated Media Publishing (AMP) is the leading independent publisher of women’s media brands in South Africa, producing the successful and respected local and international titles Cosmopolitan, Good HouseKeeping and Goeie Huishouding, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and House and Leisure.

    Founded in 1983, AMP is a family-run business with a heritage and a legacy in women’s magazines. The company’s strong ties with Hearst Corporation started when Cosmopolitan was launched in South Africa under the leadership of Jane Raphaely. In 2002 this relationship was strengthened when the company secured the rights to publish the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. Since then AMP extended its international ties to include a partnership agreement with Marie Claire Group to publish Marie Claire. In 2011 Good Housekeeping and Afrikaans version, Goeie Huishouding, were added to the stable.

    We pride ourselves on the quality of our content, our close relationship with our audience and our commitment to the success of our commercial partners.

    Founded by the undisputed doyenne of South African publishing, Jane Raphaely, the company is now under the business leadership of Julia Raphaely and the content direction of Vanessa Raphaely.

    AMP is fully committed to a 360-degree future. We are steadily growing our presence in the digital, mobile, events and activation arenas. Through our creative and proactive approach to publishing, AMP reaches millions of consumers each month.

    With 29 years of experience and a passion and level of professionalism that sets us apart, we pride ourselves on being the most dynamic, creative and solutions-based company in our industry. Our teams think big, win awards, drive campaigns and make news. Most significantly, we deliver. We know women.