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Great Western Minerals Group Completes Rareco Purchase

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - 03/02/11) - Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. ("GWMG" or the "Company") (TSX-V:GWG - News) (Pinksheets:GWMGF - News) announces that it has completed the purchase of 92.6% of the shares (the "Rareco Shares") of Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited ("Rareco").As of the conclusion of the offer period for Rareco shares on February 28, 2011, GWMG received and paid for 44,218,009 of the 47,764,700 Rareco shares outstanding.Jim Engdahl, President and Chief Executive Officer of GWMG said, "Holding in excess of 90% of the outstanding shares of Rareco is highly important because it enables GWMG to acquire the remaining shares and achieve 100% ownership. We will take the required steps immediately."As previously announced (see GWMG Media Release of December 21, 2010: "Great Western Minerals Group Delivers Offer Circular To Rareco Shareholders"), GWMG made an all-cash offer for all remaining ordinary shares in Rareco that GWMG did not already own."Today's announcement that GWMG now owns such a strong controlling interest in Rareco is a crucial step forward in becoming a fully integrated, global Rare Earth producer," said GWMG President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Engdahl. "With this level of ownership certainty in place, GWMG is positioned to continue with the execution of its plan to bring the formerly producing Steenkampskraal mine back into production."Jim Engdahl, President and CEOGreat Western Minerals Group Ltd. is an integrated Rare Earths processor. Its specialty alloys are used in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. Produced at the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries Less Common Metals Limited in Birkenhead, U.K. and Great Western Technologies Inc. in Troy, Michigan, these alloys contain aluminium, nickel, cobalt and Rare Earth Elements. As part of the Company's vertical integration strategy, GWMG has signed an Off-take Agreement for 100% of the Rare Earth Elements produced at the former producing Steenkampskraal mine in South Africa and holds 92.6% ownership in Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, the owner of the Steenkampskraal mine. In addition to a planned exploration program at Steenkampskraal, GWMG also holds interests in seven Rare Earth exploration and development properties in North America.Certain information set out in this News Release constitutes forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements (often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "expect", "may", "could", "anticipate" or "will" and similar expressions) may describe expectations, opinions or guidance that are not statements of fact and which may be based upon information provided by third parties. Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions, expectations and estimates of management of GWMG as at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the results of the feasibility study, satisfaction of the conditions precedent with respect to GWMG's offtake agreement, receipt of all required approvals (including those relating to the commencement of production at the Steenkampskraal mine) and risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of GWMG, risks associated with the industry in general, commodity prices and exchange rate changes, operational risks associated with exploration, development and production operations, delays or changes in plans, risks associated with the uncertainty of reserve or resource estimates, health and safety risks and the uncertainty of estimates and projections of production, costs and expenses. In light of the risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward-looking information. Although GWMG believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements set out in this press release or incorporated herein by reference are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. The forward-looking statements of GWMG contained in this News Release, or incorporated herein by reference, are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement and the risk factors contained in GWMG's current annual information form available at www.sedar.com.CUSIP: 39141Y 10 3Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.