ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said some of the problems faced by people in informal settlements can be avoided if residents planned their shacks before building.Mantashe was speaking during an engagement with informal settlements leadership at Philippi East Community Hall on Tuesday.He said the issue of building shacks close to each other is the reason why fire, which started in one shack, spread to dozens of otherss.“It is your responsibility not to build shacks close to each other. When you build shacks close to each other, that causes problems, because it spreads to too many shacks and fire fighters cannot drive through. You cannot always point fingers to government. What is it that you are doing for yourself? Start a sewing business for school uniform for instance and so the government would come in and assist you. Take responsibility of other things,” he said.His visit in the area was part of a string of community engagements with various sectors in the province ahead of the State of the Nation Address to be held this evening.Mzoxolo Nomatye said the issue of shortage of space drives them to invade land.“We do not invade land because we want to. We understand that it is illegally, but we do not have options because there is no land available for us,” Nomatye said.Banga Malusa said their children get eaten by rats in informal settlements. He then asked Mantashe to walk in informal settlements so he could see for himself the conditions they live under.Odwa Gxorha, a leader in Never Never said, corruption is the reason ANC looses votes and that it should be eliminated.Mantashe, responding to the issues raised, urged the leaders to be “strong in fighting corruption.” Xolani Sotashe, the ANC Chief Whip in the City of Cape Town Metro, lambasted the level 3B Water Restriction which came to effect on 01 February which he said is targeting “certain sections” mainly townships.“We asked De Lille if she installed the water meter which restricts the usage of water in her house and she could not answer that. That law does not apply to wealthy areas. About 20 000 businesses were found using water excessively, but no action is taken against them, because they do not want to jeopardise relationship with them. There is no clear programme to replace small sewage pipes in townships which cause blockages,” Sotashe said.Sotashe also said they will oppose any projects meant to target disadvantaged areas.