Great Basin Announces Addition to its Board

VANCOUVER, March 31 /CNW/ - Great Basin Gold Ltd. ("Great Basin" or the "Company") (TSX: GBG; NYSE Amex: GBG; JSE: GBG) announces that Mr Gerry Robbertze has been elected to the Board of Directors as a non-executive director, effective March 18, 2010.

Mr Robbertze is an Associate of Camborne School of Mines (ACSM), a Fellow of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FSAIMM), a Member of the South African Mine Managers Association (MSAMMA) and a member of the South African Council for Professional Engineers (Pr Eng). He has served with Anglo American Corporation Limited, Kuruman Cape Blue Asbestos, Tsumeb Corporation Limited, Gold Fields of South Africa, Associated Ore and Metal Limited and Anglovaal Mining Limited. He is currently a Director of the Mineral Corporation Consultancy (Pty) Limited.

President and CEO Ferdi Dippenaar, commenting on the change, said:

"I am very pleased to welcome Gerry Robbertze to the Great Basin Board as a director. He has vast operating experience and an excellent track record. Gerry brings an additional technical capacity to the Board which will greatly assist the Company in the advancement of its Burnstone Mine and the Hollister Project in Nevada."

Ferdi Dippenaar

President and CEO

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained in this news release.

SOURCE Great Basin Gold Ltd.

For further information: For further information: For additional details on Great Basin and its gold properties, please visit the Company's website at or contact Investor Services: Tsholo Serunye in South Africa, 27 (0) 11 301 1800; Michael Curlook in North America, 1-888-633-9332; Barbara Cano at Breakstone Group in the USA, (646) 452-2334

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