VANCOUVER, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Great Basin Gold Ltd. (TSX: GBG; AMEX: GBN;
JSE: GB Gold) ("Great Basin Gold" or the "Company") announces appointments of
four staff members at its offices in South Africa, USA and Canada. Phil
Bentley will join the Corporate Management team as Vice President: Ore
Resources and Geology, based in Johannesburg South Africa, Don MacKinnon as
Hollister Mine's Superintendent and Richard Yancey as Hollister Mine's Chief
Geologist, based in Nevada USA, and Michael Curlook will join the Investor
Relations team as the person responsible for Investor Relations and Corporate
Development and will operate from Vancouver, Canada.
Phil Bentley, a New Zealander by birth, will be responsible for the
exploration activities, the application of geology and mineral resources at
all the Great Basin Gold's operations. Phil's qualifications include an MSc
Mineral Exploration and Geology. He has more than 27 years experience in the
mineral exploration and mining sector, much of it gained in Sub-Saharan Africa
and Australasia. Over and above core exploration management and ore body
evaluation skills, Phil has an ongoing passion for unravelling the Geotectonic
setting of mineral provinces endowed in gold mineralisation. This
specialisation in gold mineralisation, coupled with Phil's understanding of
African metallogeny, will add value in Great Basin Gold's exploration
strategy. Phil is a registered South African Council for Natural Sciences
Don MacKinnon will join the Hollister Mine team as Mining Superintendent.
Don has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He is a
graduate from the Haileybury School of Mines in Northern Ontario. Don comes to
us as a veteran with a wealth of knowledge having worked as Mine Manager,
General Manager and Vice President of Underground Operations for Kinross Gold
and Nuinsco Resources. Don has been directly involved in the Ontario Mining
Association as the director and a member of the Advisory Board for the
Haileybury School of Mines. Don was the recipient of the "Business of the Year
award (over 50 people) for Northern Ontario" in 1997. He also received the
"Technologist Award for Community College in the Province of Ontario" awarded
by the Premier of Ontario in 1999. He is most proud of his leadership roles in
numerous community activities which include the children's house in Timmins
Ontario for Kinross Gold. As Mine Manager, Don led several mines to receiving
significant safety awards like Angus D. Campbell which was awarded three years
in a row from 1995 to 1998.
Richard Yancey will join the Hollister Mine team as Chief Geologist.
Richard has 20 years of hard rock mine experience as an exploration and mine
geologist. He has a broad background in base metals, industrial minerals and
precious metals mining, having worked most recently at Barrick Gold's Cortez
Hills project in Nevada. He also was part of the team that won the Sentinels
of Safety award while working at the Doe Run Company in the Viburnum Trend. He
studied geology at the Missouri School of Mines at the University of Missouri
- Rolla and is a member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
and has served as an officer in the Nevada Geological Society.
Michael Curlook will head up investor relations and corporate development
activities in North America. He studied at the University of Western Ontario.
He has over 20 years of experience in investor relations, sales and marketing.
Most recently he represented Farallon Resources Ltd. as Investor Relations
Manager. Previously he held the Business Development position for French Spy
Clothing, prior to that he was the Vice President Business Development,
Marketing and Sales for Commercial Diving Group, preceding that he was Manager
of Investor Relations for Stellar Metals Inc., and earlier he worked with The
Investor Relations Group. Born in Sudbury, and having grown up as a third
generation in the mining industry working for INCO, he gained valuable hands
on experience that lends itself to communicating with all investors.
Ferdi Dippenaar, President & CEO stated "I welcome these individuals to
the Great Basin Gold team. They join at what can be described as exciting and
interesting times in the development of the Company."
President and CEO
For further information:
For further information: on Great Basin Gold Ltd. and its gold
properties, please visit the Company's website at www.grtbasin.com 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