I assume your passport is a South African passport so in the event that you lose it you will need to first obtain a replacement from your national authority. Following this you can approach the British Embassy to whom you would explain what happened. Assuming they have a record of having granted your visa fairly recently they may be able to endorse your new passport accordingly. In some cases they do request fresh applications to be made for the same visa you held before which if you make them aware of your circumstances they should deal with on an urgent basis.
You should retain a copy of your current passport evidencing that you have been granted your current visa status together with any paperwork relating to it. This should expedite any future decision being made.
Losing a passport is always a problem so one should take as much care as possible not to lose such an important document otherwise the stress involved with replacing it is inevitable.
Trust this answers your question.
£60.00 per page!!- £5.00 to £10.00 per page should be more than reasonble so you may need to shop around and you can usually get by with just a copy of the photo page and pages endorsed with relevant visas.
ideally it should be a complete copy but you have to decide economically what is practical as having a certifcied copy helps but it does not necessarily resolve the problem.
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