Zone 14 is a South African television drama series produced by Angus Gibson for The Bomb Shelter and set in a typical township location which focuses on the daily lives of two warring families - the Sibiyas and the Molois - and the Tiger Boys, a soccer team with high aspirations in the league.
The series premiered on SABC1 on Monday 7 November 2005, at 20h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
A rebroadcast of Season 2 premiered on SABC1 on Monday 24 August 2009, at 20h30. New episodes aired on Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time. There are 52 episodes in the second season.
A year has passed in Zone 14 and much has changed; but the feud between the Molois and the Sibiyas still rages on in the battle for control of soccer in Zone 14.
All eyes are on King, the central hero, whose task it is to build a new Tiger Boys side that will crush the new bling soccer team that has infiltrated Zone 14.
Tiger's tavern is booming and Mdu has opened a local surgery on the street with Selina as his nurse. Business at the funeral parlour has never been better.
The Molois have moved house and Digger is sporting a shiny new BMW and his new line of luxury coffins appears to be selling well.
But there seems to be more than meets the eye to Digger's new wealth. Who is Mr Big, who seems so close to Stella? How have the Molois funded a new, more up-market home and a highly financed soccer team?
Are King and Nina finally able to rekindle their love affair, freed from Jungle and Sindi? Will the Sibiya family survive the terrible secret that has been unearthed after 25 years?
The second season kicks off the week before the final game of Mvela season. Tiger Boys are in a crisis. They fear that they will be relegated. They need to win their final game by 2 points in order to stay in the Mvela league.
All eyes are on King as he prepares for the final match of the season. Match day arrives, however Sting - the Tiger Boys’ star striker - is missing. Sting’s disappearance on such a crucial day haunts the community of Zone 14.
The central drama of the series kicks in when Stella – Tiger’s scorned mistress - discovers a devastating secret. This secret is the perfect ammunition for Stella to get back at Tiger.
A woman scorned, Stella seizes the opportunity and she blackmails Tiger. Stella threatens to jeopardise his family’s happiness and leaves Tiger faced with the hardest decision of his life: choosing between his love of soccer and the love of his family.
In order to cover up Stella’s blackmail, Tiger is forced to lie to his son King whilst protecting the women in his life, Lebo and Nandi. Tiger tells King that Tiger Boys has no future with him as coach, and so, a reluctant King gives up Tiger Boys because he feels he has failed his father.
All this conflict leaves Tiger Boys in tatters and the community feels betrayed. They can’t believe that Tiger has relinquished the dream to take Tiger Boys to the PSL. For now, Stella is victorious.
It is at this point we see the rise of Stella’s new team - “Stella Stars” – who fast become the darlings of Second Division. Tiger publicly tries to save face, but privately mourns the loss of his team.
The tensions between Tiger and King deepen as King feels deeply betrayed by his father and he leaves the Sibiya home determined to pick up the pieces. On a mission to prove Tiger wrong, he sets about building a new team that will crush the Stella Stars.
Stella flaunts her success, but King is determined. King buys a team from the Vodacom league at an auction. King puts his heart and soul into this team – the Mighty Bombers - transforming it from a rag tag squad of no-hopers to a triumphant force that will defeat the Stella Stars.
King’s journey is a tough one: he has to face financial and emotional obstacles as his ambitions place his relationship with Nina in serious jeopardy.
As the series drives towards its mid-point the divide between the rival families and teams grows deeper. What started as a feud between Tiger and Stella infects the hearts of the people on the street.
The battle lines are drawn between the supporters of the former Tiger Boys - now known as the Mighty Bombers - and those of the Stella Stars.
This David and Goliath battle comes to a head when the two teams face each other on the field in a Vodocom league fixture match. Stella Stars thrash Mighty Bombers using devious means. The Mighty Bombers are bruised but not defeated. King continues to inspire the team to greater heights.
Throughout the series the more intimate dramas of the street continue to play against this backdrop. Nina and King are enduring the heartache of a miscarriage as well as the drama of King’s illegitimate son who arrives one day on their doorstep, a 17 year-old hell raiser.
While King is a father figure to many young players as he mentors and supports his team, he is unable to mend his relationship with this boy who is filled with rage at having been abandoned by his father at a very young age.
Their relationship comes under strain and Nina seeks solace from Mdu. The young doctor has found short-lived happiness with Pinky, but his plans of a happy married life are cut short when she abandons him at the altar.
Vuvu, in turn, is romancing the wife of Mr Big, the heavy-weight drug lord, and battling a cocaine addiction that will eventually lead to his undoing.
In the 3rd Act of the series, Nandi experiences a number of visions in which she is guided to a revelation relating to Sting’s disappearance. Tiger finally reveals the truth to King that Stella blackmailed him. Father and son find forgiveness and are re-united.
Together, they join forces, enabling King’s team of young players to thrash the Stars and emerge as the best team in Gauteng. King is triumphant as the evil doings of the Molois are exposed.
Series exclusive to SABC1
Season 1 (52 episodes)
Premiere: 7 November 2005 | Finale: 20 November 2006 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 2 (52 episodes)
Premiere: 7 May 2007 | Finale: 28 April 2008 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 3 (104 episodes)
Premiere: 12 July 2010 | Finale: 6 July 2011 | Mondays and Wednesdays, 20h30
Season 4 (104 episodes)
Premiere: 13 July 2011 | Finale: 9 July 2012 | Mondays and Wednesdays, 20h30