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Great Basin Makes Progress in Project Delivery on the Burnstone Mine Project

Great Basin Gold Ltd. ("Great Basin" or the "Company") (TSX: GBG; NYSE Amex: GBG; JSE: GBG) announces that it is making good progress in the delivery of its capital projects at its Burnstone Mine in South Africa.

The Company has reached a significant milestone in the history of the project with the commissioning of the metallurgical plant which commenced on October 1, 2010 with the turning of electrical motors on the various appliances. Crushing of ore commenced on October 4 to allow for the filling of the silo in preparation to start the mills by October 8, 2010. In preparation of the hot commissioning, a number of activities were successfully completed.

As at September 30, 2010, a total of approximately 4,200 meters of on-reef development has been completed. Good progress continues to be made with Long Hole Stope trials. In excess of 170,000 tons have been accumulated on the surface ore stockpiles, which will be used to commission the Metallurgical Plant.

The equipping of the vertical shaft to surface has been completed and the final work in the shaft headgear is in progress. As both the man and the rock winders have been fully commissioned, the focus has moved to the man and rock conveyances which are currently being commissioned. This is all in preparation for the final licensing by the Department of Mineral and Resources which is planned for the week of October 10, 2010 where after the vertical shaft will become available for general usage.

At a Corporate level, warrant holders have already exercised over 21.1 million of the 57.5 million warrants expiring on October 15, 2010 to date. The Company received CDN$28.5 million in cash from these warrants up to September 29, 2010 and expect the remaining CDN$63.5 million cash inflow in the period leading up to October 15, 2010.

Ferdi Dippenaar, President and CEO, commented: "The Company is entering an exciting phase in its development with the commissioning of the Burnstone metallurgical plant, transitioning from a project into an operating mine. If all goes well during the commissioning phase, we expect to have our first gold pour by the end of October 2010. After having commenced with a box-cut for the decline some four years ago in July 2006, the project is finally nearing completion at a time when the gold price is at an historical high."

Johan Oelofse, Pr.Eng., FSAIMM, Chief Operating Officer of Great Basin and a qualified person, as defined by Canadian regulatory policy, has reviewed and assumed responsibility for the technical information contained in this release.

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