In this policy framework, the objective is to assist decision makers to engage with the implications of choices related to energy supply on water resilience in South Africa, in the context of climate change and the potential need for adaptation at a local scale. It was shown in this paper that there exists a network of legislative and policy instruments in South Africa that directs the management of water and energy resources. Nevertheless, there is an insufficient degree of synergy amongst them with regard to the efficiency of water use in the energy sector. There is therefore need for a framework that can assist in tracing policy links in order to achieve sustainability towards effective and efficient resource management and planning.