The killings at Glebelands hostel continue amidst accusations of partisan law enforcement - inevitably fuelling perceptions of official complicity.
Still no convictions, despite statements from 50 victims in which the same perpetrator is named.
Neither violent protests nor politics have helped hostel residents who still live in squalor.
The calm prevailing at Dube Hostel hinges on whether the electricity problems it is experiencing can be fixed for good, according to hostel leaders.
The hostel systems of the past have to be replaced by housing with one individual per room, writes Johann Barnard.
The Inkatha Freedom Party in Gauteng has welcomed the investigation by the M&G into the hostel situation faced by numerous families in Soweto.
A lack of management as well as distrust and infighting have brought redevelopment to a halt. Kwanele Sosibo reports.
The transformation of City Deep hostel, where as many as 14 men once crammed into a single room, was shown off to the media on Wednesday.
The launch of a hostel eradication programme in Soweto this week stirred speculation that the Gauteng government had been spurred into action by fears of further xenophobic outbursts.